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Theoretical Aspects of Energy Confinement in Spheromaks

T. Kenneth Fowler

Fusion Science and Technology

Volume 29 / Number 2 / March 1996 / Pages 206-209


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Despite the poor global energy confinement observed in spheromak experiments to date, the long-term prospects may be favorable as spheromaks are scaled to larger size and higher temperatures. The present performance is traced to excessive magnetic energy loss at the edge compared to tokamaks and heat transport due to magnetic fluctuations, both of which should scale away as the temperature increases.

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