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Particle Discrimination Experiment for Direct Energy Conversion

Y. Yasaka, Y. Kiriyama, S. Yamamoto, H. Takeno, M. Ishikawa

Fusion Science and Technology

Volume 47 / Number 3 / April 2005 / Pages 455-459


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A direct energy conversion system designed for D-3He fusion reactor based on a field reversed configuration employs a venetian-blind type converter for thermal ions to produce DC power and a traveling wave type converter for fusion protons to produce RF power. It is therefore necessary to separate, discriminate, and guide the particle species. For this purpose, a cusp magnetic field is proposed, in which the electrons are deflected and guided along the field line to the line cusp, while the ions pass through the point cusp. A small-scale experimental device was used to study the basic characteristics of discrimination of electrons and ions in the cusp magnetic field. Ions separated from electrons are guided to an ion collector, which is operated as a one-stage direct energy converter. The conversion efficiency was measured for cases with different values of mean and spread of ion energy. These experiments successfully demonstrate direct energy conversion from plasma beams using particle discrimination by a cusp magnetic field.

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