Thursday, November 17, 2016
Beta > 1 plasmas
I have suggested that fusion researchers should put more effort into the study of beta > 1 or wall confined plasmas. Magneto-Inertial Fusion and the Magnetized Target Fusion projects at Los Alamos National Laboratory are recent examples of this. Unfortunately, theoretical studies of such systems may be employing overly optimistic models of the magnetic thermal insulation. One might well expect such systems to have stochastic field lines. If that is the case then we might want to employ turbulent thermal insulation as suggested in my papers: Current Science, pg 991, 1988 and Bull. Am. Phys. Soc., Nov. 4, 2009 (51st Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics).