A review paper examines the 6-decade history of neutral particle analysis (NPA), a vital diagnostic tool used in magnetic plasma confinement devices such as tokamaks that will house the nuclear fusion process and generate the clean energy of the future. As the world’s energy demands grow, so too does growing concern over the environmental impact […]

A Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory new computer simulation forecasts a surprisingly optimistic heat load for future fusion facilities designed to harvest on Earth the fusion energy that powers the sun and stars to generate electricity. Efforts to duplicate the fusion reactions on Earth that power the sun and stars for unlimited energy must contend with […]

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory’s advanced design of the world’s largest and most powerful stellarator demonstrates the ability to moderate heat loss from the plasma that fuels fusion reactions. A key hurdle facing fusion devices called stellarators, those twisty facilities that seek to harness on Earth the fusion reactions that power the sun and stars, has […]

Open Image…Save ImageOpen Image (using #TmpD/ia)… A research team at Osaka University has investigated a new method for generating nuclear fusion power. They are showing that the relativistic effect of ultra-intense laser light improves upon current “fast ignition” methods in laser-fusion research to heat the fuel long enough to generate electrical power. These findings could provide another spark for laser […]

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory scientists have found that sprinkling boron powder into fusion plasma could aid in harnessing the ultra-hot gas within a tokamak facility to produce heat to generate electricity without producing greenhouse gases or long-term radioactive waste. A major issue with operating the ring-shaped fusion facilities known as tokamaks is keeping the plasma […]

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