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Sustained Spheromak Physics Experiment

The Sustained Spheromak Physics Experiment is a program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the United States to investigate spheromak plasma.[1]

A spheromak device produces a plasma in magnetohydrodynamic equilibrium mainly through self-induced plasma currents, as opposed to a tokamak device which depends on large externally-generated magnetic fields.[2] The series of experiments examines the potential for a spheromak device to contain fusion fuel. According to a 1999 abstract,

The Sustained Spheromak Physics Experiment, SSPX , will study spheromak physics with particular attention to energy confinement and magnetic fluctuations in a spheromak sustained by electrostatic helicity injection.[3]

See also

* Magnetohydrodynamics
* Magnetic helicity
* Magnetic reconnection
* Turbulence


1. ^ Sustained Spheromak Physics Experiment - SSPX MFEScience. 2008-03-27.
2. ^ Experiment mimics nature's way with plasmas LLNL. 2008-03-27.
3. ^ (ICP/04) Sustained Spheromak Physics Experiment IAEA. 2008-03-27.

External links

* Science@Livermore - Press release
* Fusion Energy Program publications
* The Sustained Spheromak Physics Experiment: A Short Overview
* Romero-Talamas, Investigations of Spheromak plasma dynamics, Ph.D. thesis
* Selected abstracts:
o Romero-Talamas, Spheromak formation and sustainment studies
o Wang, Large-amplitude electron density
o Hooper, Sustained Spheromak Physics Experiment

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