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Magnetic mirrors are back?

Posted: Thu Apr 08, 2021 1:55 am
by Skipjack
Ray Sedwick of the U of Maryland gave an interesting presentation on their magnetic mirror concept at the LSI Interstellar Initiative Grants Kickoff Meeting in October.
Looks like (again?) a sheared flow and a rotating magnetic field are making a fusion concept more viable. They don't seem to see any major show stoppers so far. To be fair though, they are operating in very low TRL regimes right now, from what I understand.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIT1uZIe6F8
His presentation starts about 1 hour and one minute in.
Generally, the whole meeting is interesting to watch.