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2011-04-26 14:52:46

Scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory Plasma Physics Division demonstrate significant progress in the efficiency and cost effectiveness of light ions in the fast ignition of fusion targets. Light ions such as lithium or carbon are easier to produce technologically and the ion beam properties can be manipulated and tailored best to suit the necessary requirements for fast ignition. The fast ignition concept has been conceived as an alternative to other approaches for nuclear fusion...

2011-04-12 14:40:42

Key insight may help nuclear industry advance clean fusion power A new discovery about the dynamic impact of individual energetic particles into a solid surface improves our ability to predict surface stability or instability of materials under irradiation over time. The finding may lead to the design of improved structural materials for nuclear fission and fusion power plants, which must withstand constant irradiation over decades. It may also accelerate the advent of fusion power, which...

2011-01-10 14:01:47

Researchers at the University of Warwick's Centre for Fusion Space and Astrophysics and the UK Atomic Energy Authority'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. The researchers used large scale computer simulations to confirm a longstanding prediction by US researchers that high energy alpha particles born in fusion reactions...

2010-11-12 12:40:28

More accurate simulations could lead to 'break-even' fusion in foreseeable future A new X-ray imaging capability has taken pictures of a critical instability at the heart of Sandia's huge Z accelerator. The effort may help remove a major impediment in the worldwide, multidecade, multibillion dollar effort to harness nuclear fusion to generate electrical power from sea water. "These are the first controlled measurements of the growth of magneto-Rayleigh-Taylor [MRT] instabilities" in fast...

2010-11-08 06:30:00

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Professional nuclear science and technology experts from around the world are gathered in Las Vegas to officially kick-off the American Nuclear Society (ANS) Winter Meeting "Nuclear Progress!" ANS Executive Director John (Jack) M. Tuohy, Jr., P.E., announced today. The conference is the premier event for the nuclear science and technology community and will focus on the latest developments in nuclear science and engineering. (Photo:...

2010-10-25 06:30:00

LA GRANGE PARK, Ill., Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Thousands of the world's most prominent nuclear industry leaders will gather for the American Nuclear Society (ANS) Winter Meeting "Nuclear Progress!" in Las Vegas November 7-11, ANS Executive Director John (Jack) M. Tuohy, Jr., P.E., announced today. The conference is the premier event for the nuclear science and technology community and will focus on the latest developments in nuclear science and engineering. When asked about the...

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2010-07-28 09:20:30

Researchers have discovered mechanisms critical to interactions between hot plasma and surfaces facing the plasma inside a thermonuclear fusion reactor, part of work aimed at developing coatings capable of withstanding the grueling conditions inside the reactors. Fusion powers the stars and could lead to a limitless supply of clean energy. A fusion power plant would produce 10 times more energy than a conventional nuclear fission reactor, and because the deuterium fuel is contained in...

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2010-07-02 11:22:26

Columbia researchers reveal the simple, key chemical formula enabling the formation of early stars Created in the first three minutes after the Big Bang, hydrogen and helium gave rise to all other elements in the universe.  Stars made this possible. Through nuclear fusion, stars generated elements such as carbon, oxygen, magnesium and all the other raw materials necessary for making planets and ultimately life. But how did the first stars come to be? It all hinges on hydrogen atoms...

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2010-05-22 07:45:08

The finding sheds light on some universal mysteries, including the possibility that exploding stars created some of the matter that makes up our bodies. Not all explosions are created equal "“ it's as true for film effects as it is for stars. An international team of scientists, including a University of Arizona astronomer, has identified a third type of exploding star, or supernova. Until now, scientists had only observed two kinds of supernovae "“ either hot, young giants that...

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2010-04-28 15:35:20

A giant laser -- the size of three football fields -- is being used by scientists at a government lab in California to possibly set off a nuclear reaction so intense that it will make a star bloom on the surface of the Earth, according to a recent CNN report. The scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory want to create a sun on the ground that seems like a science fiction fantasy straight from Hollywood. But the experiment is for real, and the National Ignition Facility will...


Latest Nuclear fusion Reference Libraries

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Solar Radiation -- Solar radiation is radiant energy emitted by the sun due to nuclear fusion reactions. Fusion is the process whereby stars produce huge quantities of energy from the fusion of hydrogen or helium, in one of the most efficient processes of energy generation. The radiation referred to is usually electromagnetic energy, particularly infrared radiation, visible light, and ultraviolet. Some stars are known to emit radiation of other wavelengths. Solar neutrinos are a...

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