Latest MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center Stories
A fusion reactor operates best when the hot plasma inside it consists only of fusion fuel (hydrogen's heavy isotopes, deuterium and tritium), much as a car runs best with a clean engine.
Research carried out at MIT's Alcator C-Mod fusion reactor may have brought the promise of fusion as a future power source a bit closer to reality, though scientists caution that a practical fusion powerplant is still decades away.
For about six months of the year, bursts of plasma swirl around a donut-shaped tube in a special reactor, helping scientists learn more about a potential future energy source: nuclear fusion.
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