Sustained Spheromak Physics Experiment

Sustained Spheromak Physics Experiment

The Sustained Spheromak Physics Experiment 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


  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
  • Investigations of Spheromak plasma dynamicsRomero-Talamas, , Ph.D. thesis
  • Selected abstracts:
    • Spheromak formation and sustainment studiesRomero-Talamas,
    • Large-amplitude electron densityWang,
    • Sustained Spheromak Physics ExperimentHooper,