theta pinch

theta pinch

[′thād·ə ‚pinch]
(plasma physics)
A device for producing a controlled nuclear fusion reaction, in which plasma in a long torus or skinny tube is confined by a magnetic field produced by current-carrying coils, and is shock-heated and compressed by pulses in this field to produce the high temperatures at which fusion reactions take place; the magnetic field is then sustained in order to maintain the plasma confinement.
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