Electrostatic Fusion at the University of Illinois
|Title||Electrostatic Fusion at the University of Illinois|
|Author(s)||Leslee A Kulba|
|Keywords||inertial electrostatic confinement, fusors, George Miley, University of Illinois|
|Journal||Electric Spacecraft Journal|
Inertial electrostatic confinement (IEC) is the process by which neutrons are reproduced in a plasma. Tabletop IEC devices, informally referred to as fusors, were first operated in the 1950s. (See ?Fusors,? by Richard Hull on pages 6-12.) More recently, conceptual design studies, undertaken at the Universities of Illinois and Wisconsin, explored the potential for IEC applied to large-scale power generation and space propulsion. This is a brief review of an article sent to ESJ by the author, George Miley.