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2009-11-02 10:04:54

Progress in advanced operational scenarios for tokamak fusion devices provides hope for steady-state fusion power plants In the quest to produce nuclear fusion energy, researchers from the DIII-D National Fusion Facility have recently confirmed long-standing theoretical predictions that performance, efficiency and reliability are simultaneously obtained in tokamaks, the leading magnetic confinement fusion device, operating at their performance limits. Experiments designed to test these...

2008-02-06 16:55:00

New discoveries about magnetic field lines and the first-ever direct observation of their reconnection in space are offering hope that scientists will learn how to unlock fusion power as an energy source in the future. "The reconnection processes in the [Earth's] magnetosphere and in fusion devices are the same animal," said James Drake, a University of Maryland physicist. Space contains magnetic fields that direct the flow of plasma, an energetic fourth state of matter consisting of positive...