Could this be the Lockheed-Martin design?

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hanelyp
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Could this be the Lockheed-Martin design?

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Thinking about the Field Reversed Configuration magnet layout, it occurs to me it has 2 magnetic wells, each with a single cusp leading out. (And a line cusp leading to the other well.)
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Idea: Positive charge on the outer magnetic toroids. An electron beam feeding an excess negative charge in pollywell style. Ion confinement and electron recirculation polywell style.
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Re: Could this be the Lockheed-Martin design?

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Looks like it would make a nice thruster.
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Re: Could this be the Lockheed-Martin design?

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Or coupled to a magnetohydrodynamic generator
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Skipjack
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Re: Could this be the Lockheed-Martin design?

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Hmmm...

IntLibber
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Re: Could this be the Lockheed-Martin design?

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Skunkworks is working on a high-beta reactor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_beta_fusion_reactor

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAsRFVbcyUY#t=82

Magnetic containment, radio frequency induced heating. Appears to use a magrid like polywell. The radio frequency heating seems to be the added touch that allows for a more compact reactor than Bussard's scaling law would allow.

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Re: Could this be the Lockheed-Martin design?

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That's pretty much the conclusion I came to as well, based on the limited evidence at hand.

hanelyp
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Re: Could this be the Lockheed-Martin design?

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RF heating, neutral gas injection, let differential leakiness of the wiffleball produce a net charge without electron beams? Might work. As a bonus, could RF input plug cusps?
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