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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.
The cause of the bimodal velocity may be that the center magnetic field lines are straighter and, thus, ions enter the magnetic mirror center on a straight path.
magnetic mirror program, due to severe congressional budget cuts in fiscal years 1985 and 1986.
NASA soon will start testing a small-scale magnetic mirror device in what could be the first step towards building fusion rocket engines that would open the solar system to settlement and tourist traffic.
For example, magnetic mirrors may eventually serve to bounce moving atoms into narrow beams or to keep them safely in cold storage.
He worked on both magnetic mirrors and tokamaks in the magnetic fusion energy (MEE) program at LLNL from 1975 until 1992.