Wave-driven rotation in supersonically rotating mirrors

Abraham J. Fetterman, Nathaniel J. Fisch

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Abstract

Supersonic rotation in mirrors may be produced by radio-frequency waves. The waves produce coupled diffusion in ion kinetic and potential energy. A population inversion along the diffusion path then produces rotation. Waves may be designed to exploit a natural kinetic energy source or may provide the rotation energy on their own. Centrifugal traps for fusion and isotope separation may benefit from this wave-driven rotation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)343-350
Number of pages8
JournalFusion Science and Technology
Volume57
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering

Keywords

  • Magnetic mirrors
  • Radio-frequency waves
  • Rotation

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