September 2018 | R. Smith | Review of Scientific Instruments | Paper
The C-2W device generates a field reversed configuration (FRC) plasma in a 1.6 m diameter Inconel confinement vessel (CV) by forming and accelerating two FRCs in opposite direc- tions to collide and merge in the CV.
The C-2W device at TAE Technologies is now operational and represents another major step in a progression of advanced beam-driven Field-Reversed Configuration (FRC) confinement devices that have prolonged the lifetime, increased the stability and have added significant neutral beam injection power to heat.
Neutral beam injected fast ions play a dominant role in both the TAE field-reversed configuration (FRC) and the Madison Symmetric Torus (MST) reversed field pinch (RFP), making fast ion diagnosis a major pillar of both research programs.
A high-confinement operating regime with plasma lifetimes significantly ex- ceeding previous empirical scaling laws was recently obtained by combining plasma gun edge biasing and Neutral Beam Injection in the C-2U field-reversed configuration (FRC) experiment.