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Fukiushima Daiichi: 10 years on
The Fukushima Daiichi site before the accident. All images are provided courtesy of TEPCO unless noted otherwise.
It was a rather normal day back on March 11, 2011, at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant before 2:45 p.m. That was the time when the Great Tohoku Earthquake struck, followed by a massive tsunami that caused three reactor meltdowns and forever changed the nuclear power industry in Japan and worldwide. Now, 10 years later, much has been learned and done to improve nuclear safety, and despite many challenges, significant progress is being made to decontaminate and defuel the extensively damaged Fukushima Daiichi reactor site. This is a summary of what happened, progress to date, current situation, and the outlook for the future there.
Z. Yoshida et al. (17R07)
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 51 | Number 2 | February 2007 | Pages 29-33
Technical Paper | Open Magnetic Systems for Plasma Confinement | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST07-A1308
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The Ring Trap-1 (RT-1) is a novel plasma device designed to explore various effects of plasma flow in the most universal and fundamental magnetosphere-like configuration. A super-conducting ring magnet, levitated in the vacuum chamber, produces a dipole magnetic field that traps high-temperature plasma. Plasma is produced by electron cyclotron heating using an 8.2GHz microwave. The mechanism of plasma confinement is based on the theory of high-beta equilibrium that is self-organized in a flowing plasma. Realization of such a configuration in a laboratory system, which is known to exist in some astronomical systems, may open a way to the advanced-fuel fusion. Analyses of the equilibrium and stability pose interesting theoretical and experimental challenges.