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Encyclopedia > Levitated Dipole

A Levitated Dipole is a unique form of fusion reactor technology using a solid superconducting torus, magnetically levitated in the reactor chamber. The superconductor forms magnetic lines of force of a nature similar to Earth's or Jupiter's magnetospheres, and it is believed that such an appartus could contain plasma more efficiently than other fusion reactor designs.


On Friday, August 13, 2004 at 12:53 PM, the Levitated Dipole Experiment, a collaboration between Columbia University and MIT, sucessfully energized a superconducting torus with RF and momentarily created plasma within the magnetic field of the dipole.


External link

  • Columbia University/MIT LDX Homepage (http://www.psfc.mit.edu/ldx/)

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Levitated Dipole Experiment - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (205 words)
The Levitated Dipole Experiment (LDX) is a project devoted to researching a nuclear fusion configuration which utilizes a floating superconducting torus to provide an axisymmetric magnetic field which is used to contain plasma.
It is a collaboration between Columbia University's Department of Applied Physics and the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center and is funded by the Department of Energy's Office of Fusion Energy.
Unlike other types of magnetically confined fusion, the Levitated Dipole is designed to be robust to external fluctuations in electric/magnetic fields.
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