“Compact” nuke fusion power in our future?
Despite all the focus on alternative energy sources, nuclear fusion has barely rated a mention, as it has turned out to be very difficult to execute. The construction of ITER, a very large scale fusion reactor, has become a divisive issue within physics because of its size and resultant cost: €5 billion. But a team of researchers has discovered what may be a workable configuration for a different kind of reactor, a reverse field pinch that operates on a much smaller scale. Even with comparatively low energy and fields, calculations suggest it should be able to achieve fusion. Read more.
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