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Extinguishing a fusion fire in a flash of light

Fusion energy researchers have discovered that they can rapidly extinguish and cool a magnetically confined fusion plasma hotter than the center of the sun by injecting a large quantity of neon gas to prevent damage to fusion-energy ...

dateOct 27, 2016 in Plasma Physics
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A turbulent solution to a growing problem

A recent experiment lead by University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), researchers on the DIII-D tokamak suggests that plasma turbulence can prevent filamentary structures called magnetic islands from growing so large ...

dateOct 27, 2016 in Plasma Physics
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Steering a fusion plasma toward stability

Plasmas in fusion-energy producing devices are gases heated to millions of degrees that can carry millions of amperes of current. These superhot plasmas must be kept away from material surfaces of the vacuum vessel that contains ...

dateOct 27, 2016 in Plasma Physics
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