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Many alternate fusion concepts are being investigated even though Tokamak magnetic confinement systems remain a leading candidate for practical fusion energy reactors. There are several alternate concepts which are being thoroughly investigated. Various alternate concepts were thoroughly discussed at the Innovative Confinement Concepts Workshop ICC 1998.
References: An excellent article in Scientific American on
Fusion and the Z Pinch by Gerald Yonas discusses how
the Z machine at Sandia National Laboratories has led to a new way of triggering controlled fusion.
'Alternate Paths to Fusion' brochure, UCRL-TB-124383, 9/96
[Energy Directorate, Lawrence Livermore Nat'l Lab, P.O.Box 808,
L-637, Livermore, CA 94551].
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Research Centers emphasizing Alternate Fusion Concepts
- UCI Fusion Energy and Pulsed Power Research, University of California, Irvine
fusion, z pinch, staged z pinch, beam fusion, colliding beam fusion, field reversed configurations,
inverse cyclotron converters
- Bellan Plasma Group Caltech, Pasadena, California
spheromaks, magnetic helicity, plasma theory, transport, plasma statistical mechanics
- Fusion Studies Laboratory, Dept of Nuclear, Plasma and Radiological Engineering,
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
dense plasma focus, fusion engineering
- LANL Fusion Energy, Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico
magnetized target fusion, Penning fusion experiment, theory and computing, plasma spray
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