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FUELING METHOD FOR SMALL, STEADY-STATE, ANEUTRONIC FRC FUSION REACTORS

United States Patent Application

20150228369
A1
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A system and method for fueling a fusion reactor. The system includes a reactor chamber containing a stable plasma including a fusion fuel; a heating system configured to heat the plasma and increase an ion energy of the plasma to a level sufficient for producing net power from fusion reactions in the stable plasma; a plurality of magnets coaxial to the reactor chamber, the plurality of magnets producing a magnetic field sufficient to confine the stable plasma and promote rapid loss of fusion products into a scrape off layer; and a neutral beam injection system configured to inject additional quantities of the fusion fuel to sustain the power output of the fusion reaction.
Cohen, Samuel A. (Princeton, NJ), Stotler, Daren (Plainsboro, NJ), Buttolph, Michael (Rumney, NH)
14/ 477,319
September 4, 2014
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0002] This invention was made with government support under Grant #DE-ACO2-09CH11466 awarded by the Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in this invention.