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Advanced reactors: Now comes the hard part
Designing a reactor is complicated but building one may be harder. Even companies that have had lots of practice haven’t always done it well. And all the power reactors in service today were built by companies that had years of experience in other kinds of big steam-electric power plants. In contrast, some of the creative new designs now moving toward commercialization come from start-ups that have never built anything at all. How should they prepare?
A. A. Kabantsev, C. F. Driscoll (18R13)
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 51 | Number 2 | February 2007 | Pages 96-99
Technical Paper | Open Magnetic Systems for Plasma Confinement | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST07-A1324
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We study ion-induced instability of flute-like (kz [approximately equal to] 0) diocotron modes in pure electron plasmas confined in a cylindrical Penning-Malmberg trap. In the absence of positive ion contamination, the low m diocotron modes are either neutrally stable (for m = 1) or weakly damped (for m = 2,3...) by Landau resonance on electrons corotating with the diocotron waves. By adding a small fraction (<1%) of positive ions into a double-well confinement configuration, we observe exponential instability of low m diocotron modes. The growth rates m are directly proportional to the overall ion fraction, Ni/Ne, and proportional to an effective charge separation of electrons and ions in the periodic wave perturbation.