Liquid Metal Experiments

      Liquid Metals, because of their conductivity and fluidity, are of interest to plasma physicists. The similarities between liquid metals and plasmas are being utilized to understand important mechanisms in astrophysical plasmas. Examples include the mechanisms by which angular momentum is transported by effects due to magnetic fields and the generation of magnetic fields themselves by kinetic motions (the dynamo problem). Studies of flowing liquid metal are being used to study the possibility of using a liquid metal inner-wall for fusion reactors, with the goal of increasing performance and reliability.
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Project Details:

Magnetorotational Instability (MRI) Experiment
Daniel P. Lanthrop's Dynamos Page
New Mexico Liquid Sodium Alpha Omega Dynamo Experiment
Madison Dynamo Experiment

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