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Subject: Conventional Fusion FAQ Glossary Part 26/26 (Z)
This article was archived around: 11 Nov 1999 12:26:47 GMT
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Glossary Part 26: Terms beginning with "Z"
FREQUENTLY USED TERMS IN CONVENTIONAL FUSION RESEARCH
AND PLASMA PHYSICS
Edited by Robert F. Heeter, firstname.lastname@example.org
Guide to Categories:
* = plasma/fusion/energy vocabulary
& = basic physics vocabulary
> = device type or machine name
# = name of a constant or variable
! = scientists
@ = acronym
% = labs & political organizations
$ = unit of measurement
The list of Acknowledgements is in Part 0 (intro).
# Z: see atomic number
@ ZETA: Zero Energy Thermonuclear Assembly; see entry
> Zero Energy Thermonuclear Assembly: A British fusion device in
which scientists observed fusion neutrons in 1958. They were
erroneously considered to be thermonuclear (coming from particles
with a Maxwellian velocity distribution) and were a cause for the
initial optimism that fusion energy would be easy. They were
actually due to electromagnetic acceleration during a plasma
instability, an effect which cannot be scaled up to produce useful
> Z-Pinch: Pinch device in which the externally-driven pinching
current goes in the z direction (parallel to / through the
cylindrical plasma). See discussion in Section 4B.