# Creation of a high-temperature plasma through merging and compression of supersonic field reversed configuration plasmoids

@article{Slough2011CreationOA,
title={Creation of a high-temperature plasma through merging and compression of supersonic field reversed configuration plasmoids},
author={John T. Slough and George Votroubek and Chris Pihl},
journal={Nuclear Fusion},
year={2011},
volume={51},
pages={053008}
}
• Published 1 May 2011
• Physics
• Nuclear Fusion
A new device, the Inductive Plasma Accelerator, was employed to simultaneously form and accelerate two oppositely directed field reversed configurations (FRCs) where the relative velocity (600 km s−1) of the plasmoids was much larger than their internal thermal motion. Upon collision all of the FRC directional energy was observed to be rapidly thermalized concurrent with complete magnetic reconnection of the two FRCs. Upon merging, the resulting FRC was compressed to kilovolt ion temperatures…

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