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1. (WO2017040941) HALL EFFECT ASSISTED ELECTRON CONFINEMENT IN AN INERTIAL ELECTROSTATIC CONFINEMENT FUSION REACTOR

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/040941    International Application No.:    PCT/US2016/050124
Publication Date: Fri Mar 10 00:59:59 CET 2017 International Filing Date: Sat Sep 03 01:59:59 CEST 2016
IPC: G21B 1/03
G21B 1/00
H05H 1/22
H05H 1/54
H05H 1/04
Applicants: APOLLO FUSION, INC.
Inventors: LONGMIER, Benjamin
Title: HALL EFFECT ASSISTED ELECTRON CONFINEMENT IN AN INERTIAL ELECTROSTATIC CONFINEMENT FUSION REACTOR
Abstract:
A fusion reactor includes a vacuum chamber, a fuel source for providing fuel to the vacuum chamber, an evacuation pump for evacuating the fuel from the vacuum chamber, a first electrode disposed in the vacuum chamber and at a chamber axis, a second electrode disposed in the vacuum chamber (which includes an aperture through which the chamber axis extends), magnets disposed in the vacuum chamber for producing a magnetic field along the chamber axis, and control electronics. The control electronics control the fuel source and the evacuation pump to provide a low pressure of the fuel in the vacuum chamber, provide a voltage to the first electrode for producing an electron beam along the chamber axis and through the aperture of the second electrode, and provide one or more voltages to the second electrode for compressing the fuel toward the chamber axis to induce nuclear fusion.