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The Magnetic Reconnection Experiment (MRX) was a FRC device designed and built at PPPL in 1995. The motivation to design and build this device was to study the physics of local and global magnetic reconnection within a MHD plasma. For the construction of this device, some components of previous devices, including the stabilization coils of S-1, were recycled. MRX produced magnetic fields up to 0.1 T and plasma currents of up to 100kA
Understanding magnetic reconnection is important for both fusion physics and astrophysics communities. Due to its importance in its study, the MRX receives funding from various agencies, including DOE and NASA. MRX inspired the design of FLARE, a bigger device made to continue reconnection studies.