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magnetic mirror

[mag′ned·ik ′mir·ər]
(plasma physics)
A magnetic field used in controlled-fusion experiments to reflect charged particles into the central region of a magnetic bottle; reflection occurs in the region where the magnetic field increases abruptly in strength.
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Both fusion and fission plasma are directed with the help of magnetic mirrors and reflectors.
Magnetic mirrors inside the fission sub-chamber is used to prevent backflow of fission fragments.
As their velocities increase in the cylinder, ions and electrons begin to escape through the strong magnetic mirror more readily.
Dick Post, another famous Livermore magnetic mirror fusion pioneer and still active, says of Fred, "When practical fusion power is eventually achieved, it will be as the result of notable researchers such as Fred Coensgen in laying the foundation on which fusion power systems will rest.
magnetic mirror program, due to severe congressional budget cuts in fiscal years 1985 and 1986.
Among the hot tickets are shelves to fit inside the locker, magnetic mirrors, magnets for messages, magnetic bulletin boards and removable paper to cover the utilitarian beige or gray walls.
For example, magnetic mirrors may eventually serve to bounce moving atoms into narrow beams or to keep them safely in cold storage.
Gareth Guest has participated in the development of electron cyclotron heating of plasmas since the early phases of the ECH research program at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where the work focused on heating plasmas in magnetic mirrors and the ELMO Bumpy Torus.
He worked on both magnetic mirrors and tokamaks in the magnetic fusion energy (MEE) program at LLNL from 1975 until 1992.