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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?
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Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 51 | Number 2 | February 2007 | Pages 328-330
Technical Paper | Open Magnetic Systems for Plasma Confinement | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST07-A1391
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A numerical analysis is performed with two-dimensional wave code for effective excitation of the m = + 1 fast Alfvén waves in an axisymmetric central cell of GAMMA 10. Plasma production with fast waves depends on the wave excitation in the plasma. Eigenmodes are strongly formed with large amplitude when the boundary conditions are satisfied. As an optimum density for each eigenmode exists discretely, the density is clamped at the value where the eigenmode is strongly formed. For higher density plasma production, formation of eigenmodes should be controlled as the density increases. In this study, pairs of phased antennas are adopted for the effective excitation of eigenmodes. The optimum configuration of antennas and their phase difference are investigated in the present geometry. It is found that the eigenmodes can be effectively excited by controlling the phase difference between a pair of antennas.