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1. WO1980000045 - METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR GENERATING AND UTILIZING A COMPOUND PLASMA CONFIGURATION

Publication Number WO/1980/000045
Publication Date 10.01.1980
International Application No. PCT/US1979/000387
International Filing Date 05.06.1979
IPC
G PHYSICS
21
NUCLEAR PHYSICS; NUCLEAR ENGINEERING
B
FUSION REACTORS
1
Thermonuclear fusion reactors
H ELECTRICITY
05
ELECTRIC TECHNIQUES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
H
PLASMA TECHNIQUE; PRODUCTION OF ACCELERATED ELECTRICALLY- CHARGED PARTICLES OR OF NEUTRONS; PRODUCTION OR ACCELERATION OF NEUTRAL MOLECULAR OR ATOMIC BEAMS
1
Generating plasma; Handling plasma
02
Arrangements for confining plasma by electric or magnetic fields; Arrangements for heating plasma
04
using magnetic fields substantially generated by the discharge in the plasma
H ELECTRICITY
05
ELECTRIC TECHNIQUES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
H
PLASMA TECHNIQUE; PRODUCTION OF ACCELERATED ELECTRICALLY- CHARGED PARTICLES OR OF NEUTRONS; PRODUCTION OR ACCELERATION OF NEUTRAL MOLECULAR OR ATOMIC BEAMS
1
Generating plasma; Handling plasma
24
Generating plasma
H ELECTRICITY
05
ELECTRIC TECHNIQUES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
H
PLASMA TECHNIQUE; PRODUCTION OF ACCELERATED ELECTRICALLY- CHARGED PARTICLES OR OF NEUTRONS; PRODUCTION OR ACCELERATION OF NEUTRAL MOLECULAR OR ATOMIC BEAMS
1
Generating plasma; Handling plasma
24
Generating plasma
48
using an arc
G21B 1/00 (2006.01)
H05H 1/04 (2006.01)
H05H 1/24 (2006.01)
H05H 1/48 (2006.01)
CPC
G21B 1/00
H05H 1/04
H05H 1/48
H05H 1/52
Y02E 30/122
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Priority Data
91310806.06.1978US
Publication Language English (EN)
Filing Language English (EN)
Designated States
Title
(EN) METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR GENERATING AND UTILIZING A COMPOUND PLASMA CONFIGURATION
(FR) METHODE ET APPAREIL DE PRODUCTION ET D"UTILISATION D"UNE CONFIGURATION DE PLASMA COMPOSITE
Abstract
(EN)
A method and apparatus for generating and utilizing a compound plasma configuration is disclosed. The plasma configuration includes a central toroidal plasma (36) with electrical currents surrounded by a generally ellipsoidal mantle (28) of ionized particles or electrically conducting matter. The preferred methods of forming this compound plasma configuration include the steps of forming a helical ionized path (20) in a gaseous medium and simultaneously discharging a high potential through the ionized path to produce a helical or heliform current (24) which collapses on itself to produce a toroidal current, or generating a toroidal plasmoid, supplying magnetic energy to the plasmoid, and applying fluid pressure external to the plasmoid. The apparatus of the present invention includes a pressure chamber (48) wherein the compound plasma configuration can be isolated or compressed by fluid or other forms of mechanical or magnetic pressure. A multiple chamber reactor device is also disclosed, as are methods and apparatuses for using the compound plasma configuration in a number of diverse situations.
(FR)
Methode et appareil de production composite et d"utilisation d"une configuration de plasma. La configuration de plasma comprend un plasma toroidal central (36) avec des courants electriques entoures d"un manteau ellipsoidal (28) de particules ionisees ou d"un materiau electriquement conducteur. Les methodes preferees de formation de cette configuration de plasma comprennent les etapes de formation d"un chemin ionise helicoidal (20) en milieu gazeux et de decharge simultanee a potentiel eleve a travers le chemin ionise pour produire un courant helicoidal (24) qui se deforme sur lui-meme pour donner un courant toroidal, ou consistent a produire un plasmoide toroidal, a alimenter en energie magnetique le plasmoide, et a appliquer sur le plasmoide une pression externe fluidique. L"appareil de la presente invention comprend une chambre a pression ou la configuration de plasma composite peut etre isolee ou comprimee par un fluide ou d"autre forme de pression mecanique ou magnetique. Un dispositif reacteur a chambres multiples est egalement decrit ainsi que des methodes et appareils d"utilisation de la configuration de plasma composite en diverses situations.
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