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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?
G. Gervasini, M. De Angeli, P. Amedeo, R. Schiavone (19P44)
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 51 | Number 2 | February 2007 | Pages 334-336
Technical Paper | Open Magnetic Systems for Plasma Confinement | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST07-A1393
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A steady state plasma device has been built at the Institute of Plasma Physics (IFP) in Milano (Italy). The magnetic field confinement has a cusp configuration. A description of the experimental device is here presented.The plasma characteristics have been measured by Langmuir probes. The most significant results (e.g. highest values for the plasma density) have been obtained by a plasma source based on the electron cyclotron resonance (ECR). By ECR plasma source electron temperature of 5 eV and plasma density up to 1011 cm-3 have been reached for an argon gas. The applications of the experimental device cover basic plasma physics studies and technological applications (e.g. hydrogen formation by methane cracking).