December 5, 2008
Radio technique keeps fusion
gas in place
the right type of helium gas with the right frequencies of high-power
radio waves and you have an efficient way to drive extremely hot gas
around inside a fusion reactor.
The ion-cyclotron-frequency mode-conversion technique efficiently
confines plasma and minimizes turbulence, key prerequisites for future
higher-power fusion reactors that could one day generate more power
than they consume.
Fusion generates energy by fusing atomic nuclei at extremely
high temperatures and pressures. Fusion is how the sun is powered.
The fusion reactor control technique is an advance on the long road
to harnessing fusion as a practical energy source.
of Ion-Cyclotron-Frequency Mode-Conversion Flow Drive in Tokamak Plasmas
Physical Review Letters, December 5, 2008
Plasma Science and Fusion Center,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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