High-temperature plasmas in a tokamak fusion test reactor

J. D. Strachan, M. Bitter, A. T. Ramsey, M. C. Zarnstorff, V. Arunasalam, M. G. Bell, N. L. Bretz, R. Budny, C. E. Bush, S. L. Davis, H. F. Dylla, P. C. Efthimion, R. J. Fonck, E. Fredrickson, H. P. Furth, R. J. Goldston, L. R. Grisham, B. Grek, R. J. Hawryluk, W. W. HeidbrinkH. W. Hendel, K. W. Hill, H. Hsuan, K. P. Jaehnig, D. L. Jassby, F. Jobes, D. W. Johnson, L. C. Johnson, R. Kaita, J. Kampershroer, R. J. Knize, T. Kozub, B. Leblanc, F. Levinton, P. H. La Marche, D. M. Manos, D. K. Mansfield, K. McGuire, D. H. McNeill, D. M. Meade, S. S. Medley, W. Morris, D. Mueller, E. B. Nieschmidt, D. K. Owens, H. Park, J. Schivell, G. Schilling, G. L. Schmidt, S. D. Scott, S. Sesnic, J. C. Sinnis, F. J. Stauffer, B. C. Stratton, G. D. Tait, G. Taylor, H. H. Towner, M. Ulrickson, S. Von Goeler, R. Wieland, M. D. Williams, K. L. Wong, S. Yoshikawa, K. M. Young, S. J. Zweben

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Neutral-beam heating of plasmas in the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor at low preinjection densities [ne(0)1019 m-3] were characterized by Te(0)=6.5 keV, Ti(0)=20 keV, ne(0)=7×1019 m-3, E=170 msec, theta=2, and a d(d,n)3He neutron emission rate of 1016 sec-1. The ion temperature and the deuterium-fusion neutron yields were significantly higher than for previous tokamak experiments. The low initial densities were achieved by operation of the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor with low plasma currents (1 MA) and by extensive limiter conditioning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1004-1007
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1987

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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