TAE’s advanced, beam-driven field-reversed configuration device has a large fast-ion population, allowing for fast-ion D-alpha (FIDA) studies. Development of a FIDA spectrometer for the new C-2W device is underway.
The new C-2W experiment (also called “Norman”) at TAE Technologies, Inc. studies the evolution of field-reversed configuration (FRC) plasmas sustained by neutral beam injection. Data on the FRC plasma performance is provided by a comprehensive suite of diagnostics that includes over 600 magnetic sensors.
The presence of impurities can significantly affect plasma performance since they can account for substantial radiative power losses. To keep impurity content of the plasma low, mitigating strategies (e.g., wall conditioning by titanium gettering) are employed to help pump neutrals and reduce wall recycling
The C-2W experiment is an axially symmetric device with formation sections producing and accelerating plasmoids via theta-pinch which collide in a central confinement vessel (CV) and form a hot, stable FRC