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The Sustained Spheromak Physics Experiment (SSPX) is a program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the United States established 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

References

Sustained Spheromak Physics Experiment - SSPX Archived 2011-07-18 at the Wayback Machine MFEScience. 2008-03-27.
Experiment mimics nature's way with plasmas LLNL. 2008-03-27.

(ICP/04) Sustained Spheromak Physics Experiment Archived 2008-11-21 at the Wayback Machine IAEA. 2008-03-27.

External links

Science@Livermore - Press release
Fusion Energy Program publications
The Sustained Spheromak Physics Experiment: A Short Overview at the Wayback Machine (archived September 17, 2006)
Romero-Talamas, Investigations of Spheromak plasma dynamics, Ph.D. thesis
Selected abstracts:
Romero-Talamas, Spheromak formation and sustainment studies
Wang, Large-amplitude electron density
Hooper, Sustained Spheromak Physics Experiment

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People

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Core topics

Nuclear fusion
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Processes,
methods
Confinement
type
Gravitational

Alpha process Triple-alpha process CNO cycle Fusor Helium flash Nova
remnants Proton-proton chain Carbon-burning Lithium burning Neon-burning Oxygen-burning Silicon-burning R-process S-process

Magnetic

Dense plasma focus Field-reversed configuration Levitated dipole Magnetic mirror
Bumpy torus Reversed field pinch Spheromak Stellarator Tokamak
Spherical Z-pinch

Inertial

Bubble (acoustic) Laser-driven Magnetized Liner Inertial Fusion

Electrostatic

Fusor Polywell

Other forms

Colliding beam Magnetized target Migma Muon-catalyzed Pyroelectric

Devices, experiments
Magnetic confinement
Tokamak
International

ITER DEMO PROTO

Americas

Canada STOR-M United States Alcator C-Mod ARC
SPARC DIII-D Electric Tokamak LTX NSTX
PLT TFTR Pegasus Brazil ETE Mexico Novillo [es]

Asia,
Oceania

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Europe

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Stellarator
Americas

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Asia,
Oceania

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Europe

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Uragan-3M [uk]

RFP

Italy RFX United States MST

Magnetized target

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Other

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TMX Perhapsatron PFRC Riggatron SSPX United Kingdom Sceptre Trisops ZETA

Inertial confinement
Laser
Americas

United States Argus Cyclops Janus LIFE Long path NIF Nike Nova OMEGA Shiva

Asia

Japan GEKKO XII

Europe

European Union HiPER Czech Republic Asterix IV (PALS) France LMJ LULI2000 Russia ISKRA United Kingdom Vulcan

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United States PACER Z machine

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