Definition of stellarator in English:

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stellarator

Pronunciation: /ˈstɛləreɪtə/

noun

Physics
A toroidal apparatus for producing controlled fusion reactions in hot plasma, where all the controlling magnetic fields inside it are produced by external windings.
Example sentences
  • The design techniques and physics analysis of modern stellarator configurations for magnetic fusion research rely heavily on high performance computing and simulation.
  • These low-aspect-ratio stellarator-tokamak hybrids differ from conventional stellarators in their use of the plasma-generated bootstrap current to supplement the poloidal field from external coils.
  • Research is being carried out on several types of stellarator differing mainly in the periodicity of the toroidal and poloidal components of their magnetic field.

Origin

1950s: from stellar (with reference to the fusion processes in stars), on the pattern of generator.

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