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United States Patent Application

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Disclosed is a device comprising a chamber enclosed by walls about a central axis. The chamber has an inner radius and an outer radius relative to the central axis and is configured to magnetically contain a core plasma. The device is further comprised of a divertor plate configured for receiving exhaust heat. The divertor plate has a divertor radius relative to the central axis. The divertor radius is greater than or equal to the sum of a plasma minor radius and a major radius of the peak point closest to the corresponding divertor plate. The device can be used for containing a fusion plasma, as a compact fusion neutron source, or as a compact fusion energy source. Methods of exhausting heat from such a device when plasma is present therein are also described. This abstract is intended for use as a scanning tool only and is not intended to be limiting.
Kotschenreuther, Michael T. (Austin, TX), Valanju, Prashant M. (Austin, TX), Mahajan, Swadesh M. (Austin, TX)
12/ 823,381
June 25, 2010
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT [0002] This invention was made with U.S. government support under Grant Nos. DE-FG02-04ER54742 and DE-FG02-04ER54754 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.