Abstract by Lincoln Stewart
Physics and Astronomy
Plasma self-confinement time at moderate ion densities
The primary difficulty in deriving energy from nuclear fusion in plasmas is achieving the necessary ion density for a sufficient period of time. A form of extended confinement by free floating toroidal plasma has been demonstrated both in a vacuum and in open air. Confinement for these plasmas is two to three orders of magnitude longer than typical plasmas. We are assembling a device to generate a plasma torus and investigate the conditions for its self-confinement. This is part of a Laboratory Nuclear Astrophysics research effort to explore the BYU 1986 hypothesis of electron catalyzed fusion. I will review the history of nuclear fusion research at BYU and report the progress in constructing this test device.