First measurements of p11B fusion in a magnetically confined plasma

February 2023 | R. Magee | Nature Communications | Paper

Proton-boron (p11B) fusion is an attractive potential energy source but technically challenging to implement. Developing techniques to realize its potential requires first developing the experimental capability to produce p11B fusion…

Development of multichord ion Doppler spectroscopy system for toroidal flow measurement of field-reversed configuration

December 2022 | K. Araoka | Review of Scientific Instruments | Paper

A double-chord ion Doppler spectroscopy (IDS) system was developed to measure the ion temperature and flow velocity of field-reversed configuration (FRC) plasmas in the FRC amplification via a translation-collisional merging (FAT-CM) device.

Ion kinetic effects and instabilities in the plasma flow in the magnetic mirror

November 2022 | M. Jimenez | Physics of Plasmas | Paper

Kinetic effects in plasma flow due to a finite ion temperature and ion reflections in a converging–diverging magnetic nozzle are investigated
with collisionless quasineutral hybrid simulations with kinetic ions and isothermal Boltzmann electrons.