Stabilized Liner Compressor for Low-Cost Controlled Fusion at Megagauss Field Levels

  title={Stabilized Liner Compressor for Low-Cost Controlled Fusion at Megagauss Field Levels},
  author={Peter J. Turchi and Sherry D. Frese and Michael H. Frese},
  journal={IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science},
The notion of employing very high magnetic fields for fusion has been extended to so-called magnetized-target fusion (MTF), which may comprise both magnetic and inertial-confinement fusion schemes, and magneto-inertial fusion (MIF) in which the inertia of the liner is explicitly recognized for compressing and holding fusion plasma at relatively high density. Recently, the U.S. Department of Energy through ARPA-E has initiated the ALPHA program for technologies that will enable the development… 

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