Latest Magnetic confinement fusion Stories
A major upgrade to the DIII-D tokamak fusion reactor operated by General Atomics in San Diego will enable it to develop fusion plasmas that can burn indefinitely.
To achieve nuclear fusion for practical energy production, scientists often use magnetic fields to confine plasma.
Researchers at the University of Warwickâ€™s Centre for Fusion Space and Astrophysics and the UK Atomic Energy Authorityâ€™s Culham Centre for Fusion Energy may have found a way to channel the flux and fury of a nuclear fusion plasma into a means to help sustain the electric current needed to contain that very same fusion plasma.
Researchers at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory have successfully used Coaxial Helicity Injection (CHI) to generate plasma current and couple it to a conventional current generation method at the National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX) fusion experiment.
Fusion plasmas in the laboratory typically reach 100 million degrees.
When physicists probe the mysteries of plasma, the fourth state of matter, they often discover phenomena of striking beauty.
Experiments in RFP fusion device show higher currents lead to self-organized helical plasma.
Progress in advanced operational scenarios for tokamak fusion devices provides hope for steady-state fusion power plants.