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Fusion foe lends a helping hand

Although oxygen is required to sustain life, oxygen sucks the life out of fusion by radiating away too much power from the high-temperature plasma. Accordingly, great efforts are expended to reduce the oxygen found in fusion ...

dateNov 13, 2013 in Plasma Physics
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Hot lithium vapors shield fusion facility walls

Recent experiments provide the first assessment of the toughness of a novel lithium coating in the face of intense bombardment by very hot plasma in the divertor region of fusion devices. The results show that this coating ...

dateNov 13, 2013 in Plasma Physics
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Putting a new spin on tokamak disruptions

In the quest for fusion energy on earth, researchers use magnetic fields to insulate hot plasma from the walls of the chamber to maintain the reaction and prevent damage to interior surfaces. In the tokamak, a leading contender ...

dateNov 13, 2013 in Plasma Physics
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Dramatic end of plasma crystal experiment

For seven years it delivered outstanding results for science and technology on the International Space Station, now the successful plasma crystal laboratory PK-3 Plus operated one last time. After undocking from the International ...

dateNov 04, 2013 in Plasma Physics
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