Experiments on the Compression of Plasma in Cusp Geometry

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CONTAINING plasma by cusp-shaped magnetic fields has for some time been considered a promising possibility because of the favourable stability properties predicted theoretically1–4. To investigate this configuration experimentally, an apparatus has been built in which shock pre-heated plasma is compressed by a rising cusped magnetic field.

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ALLEN, T., BICKERTON, R. Experiments on the Compression of Plasma in Cusp Geometry. Nature 191, 794–795 (1961). https://doi.org/10.1038/191794a0

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