Plasma and Fusion Research

Volume 15, 2405046 (2020)

Regular Articles

Improvement of Electron Recovery Using a Magnetic Field with a Low Mirror Ratio in a Secondary Electron Direct Energy Converter Simulator
Atsuya KURISUNO, Satoshi NAKAMOTO, Kazuya ICHIMURA, Hiromasa TAKENO, Yuichi FURUYAMA1) and Akira TANIIKE1)
Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Kobe University, Kobe 657-8501, Japan
Graduate School of Maritime Sciences, Kobe University, Kobe 658-0022, Japan
(Received 4 January 2020 / Accepted 21 May 2020 / Published 2 July 2020)


To recover the energy of fast protons created in D-3He fusion, a secondary electron (SE) direct energy converter was proposed, in which protons penetrated aligned metal foil electrodes, and their energy was converted into that of emitted SEs. Simulated experiments showed the problem of energy recovery of the SEs, which arose because of the magnetic mirror effect disturbing the arrival of SEs at collectors in the guiding magnetic field. To solve this problem, we propose the use of ring-type magnets to realize lower mirror ratio structures. As a result, better energy recovery is obtained for low mirror ratios because a larger part of the energy of the SEs is converted into components parallel to the magnetic field, which correspond to the direction normal to the surface of the collector.


D-3He nuclear fusion, high-energy ion, direct energy conversion, secondary electron, magnetic mirror effect

DOI: 10.1585/pfr.15.2405046


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