This research effort is a collaboration between the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).
The Centrifugal Mirror is a magnetized plasma in mirror configuration that is put into azimuthal rotation by imposition of a radial electric field that sets up an ExB flow. The plasma feels a radially outward centrifugal force, which has a component parallel to the B field that confines the plasma to the midplane. The associated velocity shear stabilizes large and small scale instability. The configuration can in principle confine high temperature plasma at fusion conditions to allow net energy gain from fusion products. The CMFX (Centrifugal Mirror Fusion Experiment) will test this concept by running experiments operating at intermediate fusion conditions, as proof of principle.
Funded by the ARPA-E-BETHE programme (https://arpa-e.energy.gov/technologies/programs/bethe).
Carlos Romero-TalamasVisiting Associate Professor
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