stellarator

[ stel-uh-rey-ter ]
/ ˈstɛl əˌreɪ tər /

noun Physics.

an experimental plasma-physics device in which magnetic fields confine the plasma within a tube shaped like a figure eight.

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Origin of stellarator

1951; stellar + (gener)ator, so named because the reactions produced resemble those in stars
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British Dictionary definitions for stellarator

stellarator
/ (ˈstɛləˌreɪtə) /

noun

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

Word Origin for stellarator

C20: from stellar + (gener) ator
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