Hot Times for Fusion Plasmas: GA Fusion Program Advances Makes Cover of Physics Today

Hot Times for Fusion Plasmas: GA Fusion Program Advances Makes Cover of Physics Today

Igniting and sustaining the fusion of light nuclei requires an astonishingly high temperature, on the scale of 100 million kelvin. No material can tolerate such an environment, and for some 60 years scientists have been studying plasmas bound within a cage of magnets to insulate the walls of a reaction vessel from the intense heat inside it. Equally important, the confinement helps avoid cooling the bulk plasma to the point of quenching the reaction. (PDF)