Favorable Collisional Demixing of Ash and Fuel in Magnetized Inertial Fusion

Ian E. Ochs, Nathaniel J. Fisch

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Abstract

Magnetized inertial fusion experiments are approaching regimes where the radial transport is dominated by collisions between magnetized ions, providing an opportunity to exploit effects usually associated with steady-state magnetic fusion. In particular, the low-density hotspot characteristic of magnetized liner inertial fusion results in diamagnetic and thermal frictions, which can demix thermalized ash from fuel, accelerating the fusion reaction. For reactor regimes in which there is a substantial burnup of the fuel, increases in the fusion energy yield on the order of 5% are possible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number235002
JournalPhysical review letters
Volume121
Issue number23
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 4 2018

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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