New fusion energy development - Understanding of plasma bursts getting us closer to reality

03/17/2015 - 00:00

  By Raphael Rosen -<br><br>Researchers from General Atomics and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have made a major breakthrough in understanding how potentially damaging heat bursts inside a fusion reactor can be controlled. Scientists performed the experiments on the DIII-D National Fusion Facility, a tokamak operated by General Atomics in San Diego. The findings represent a key step in predicting how to control heat bursts in future fusion facilities including ITER, an international experiment under construction in France to demonstrate the feasibility of fusion energy.<br><br><a href="">READ MORE ON PRINCETON PLASMA PHYSICS LABORATORY</a><br><br>Ref:  <a href="">Observation of a Multimode Plasma Response and its Relationship to Density Pumpout and Edge-Localized Mode Suppression.</a> Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 105001 – Published 12 March 2015