stellarator

stellarator

[stel-uh-rey-ter]
noun Physics.
an experimental plasma-physics device in which magnetic fields confine the plasma within a tube shaped like a figure eight.

Origin:
1951; stellar + (gener)ator, so named because the reactions produced resemble those in stars

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stellarator (ˈstɛləˌreɪtə)
 
n
physics an apparatus used in research into thermonuclear reactions, consisting of a toroidal vessel designed so that a plasma may be contained within it by a helical magnetic field. The magnetic field is produced by current-carrying coils
 
[C20: from stellar + (gener)ator]

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