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Major Breakthrough Puts Dream of Unlimited, Clean Nuclear Fusion Energy Within Reach

Major Breakthrough Puts Dream of Unlimited, Clean Nuclear Fusion Energy Within Reach

Nuclear fusion facility: JET interior with superimposed plasma. Nuclear fusion energy could be a pivotal sustainable energy source to complement renewables. Credit: UKAEA The old joke is that nuclear fusion is always 30 years away. However, the dream of plentiful clean energy is no laughing matter as we meet an ITER researcher to catch up …

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Magnetizing laser-driven inertial fusion implosions

Magnetizing laser-driven inertial fusion implosions

Unmagnetized implosion image and magnetized image – showing that the applied magnetic field flattens the implosion shape. Credit: Bose et al. Nuclear fusion is a widely studied process through which atomic nuclei of a low atomic number fuse together to form a heavier nucleus, while releasing a large amount of energy. Nuclear fusion reactions can …

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Physicists just rewrote a foundational rule for nuclear fusion reactors that could unleash twice the power

Physicists just rewrote a foundational rule for nuclear fusion reactors that could unleash twice the power

Future fusion reactions inside tokamaks could produce much more energy than previously thought, thanks to groundbreaking new research that found a foundational law for such reactors was wrong. The research, led by physicists from the Swiss Plasma Center at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EFPL), has determined that the maximum hydrogen fuel density is about …

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ITER Fusion Reactor

A Fundamental New Law Unchains Fusion Energy

Illustration of cloud-like ionized plasma in the ITER fusion reactor tokamak. Credit: ITER Physicists at EPFL, within a large European collaboration, have revised one of the fundamental laws that has been foundational to plasma and fusion research for over three decades, even governing the design of megaprojects like ITER. The update demonstrates that we can …

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