Journal of Fusion Energy

, Volume 29, Issue 6, pp 521–526 | Cite as

Parameter Optimization Studies for a Tandem Mirror Neutron Source

Original Research


A basic plasma physics tandem mirror experiment is proposed to develop the potential uses of magnetic mirror confined plasmas for a neutron source. We consider parameter variations from the currently operating symmetric mirror plasma trap GDT in an attempt to optimize the neutron source intensity while minimizing the expense and complications of the system. The combined radial and axial plasma loss rates are analyzed and shown to yield an optimal operational point that minimizes the required auxiliary heating power.


Mirror confinement Tandem mirror Neutron source Nuclear fusion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Horton
    • 1
  • X. R. Fu
    • 1
  • A. Ivanov
    • 2
  • A. Beklemishev
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Fusion StudiesUniversity of Texas at AustinAustinUSA
  2. 2.Budker Institute of Nuclear PhysicsNovosibirskRussia

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