The Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory has published an article describing a simulation of the mechanism that eliminates sawtooth instabilities in fusion plasmas. Sawtooth swings, the up-and-down ripples found in everything from stock prices on Wall Street to ocean waves, occur periodically in the temperature and density of the plasma that fuels fusion […]

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory has proven Germany’s Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X) fusion facility has set a world record for stellarators. Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) finely tuned instrument strongly suggests that the record made by the design of the stellarator can be developed to capture on Earth the fusion that drives the sun and stars, creating […]

Working quietly Lockheed Martin has obtained a patent associated with its design for a potentially revolutionary compact fusion reactor (CFR). The patent, about part of the confinement system, or embodiment, is dated Feb. 15, 2018. In the process from the famed defense contractor it had filed a provisional claim on April 3, 2013 and a […]

Colorado State University scientists using a compact but powerful laser to heat arrays of ordered nanowires have demonstrated micro-scale nuclear fusion in the lab. They have achieved record-setting efficiency for the generation of neutrons – chargeless sub-atomic particles resulting from the fusion process. The process that powers the sun, happens when nuclear reactions between light […]

University of New South Wales scientists now argue that the path to hydrogen-boron fusion is now viable. Hydrogen-boron fusion (HBF) may be closer to realization than other approaches, such as the deuterium-tritium fusion approach currently being pursued such as the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) effort. Closer or not, HBF will much more easily enter […]

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