Field reversed configurations

@article{Tuszewski1988FieldRC,
  title={Field reversed configurations},
  author={Michel Tuszewski},
  journal={Nuclear Fusion},
  year={1988},
  volume={28}
}
The review is devoted to field reversed configurations and to the related field reversed mirrors; both are compact toroids with little or no toroidal magnetic field. Experimental and theoretical results on the formation, equilibrium, stability and confinement properties of these plasmas are presented. Although they have been known for about three decades, field reversed configurations have been studied intensively only in recent years. This renewed interest is due to the unusual fusion reactor… 

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