Bringing The Power Source of the Stars Down to Earth

Creating the Conditions for Fusion


PLASMA CONFINEMENT AND HEATING

Fusion requires high temperature plasmas confined long enough to release appreciable fusion energy.

Confinement Method

Heating Mechanisms

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Gravity
  • Compression (gravity)
  • Fusion Reactions (such as the p-p chain)
Stars and Galaxies
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Inertial
  • Compression (implosion driven by laser or ion beams, or by X-rays from laser or ion beams)
  • Fusion Reactions (primarily D+T)
Laser-beam-driven Fusion
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Magnetic
  • Electromagnetic Waves
  • Ohmic Heating (by electric currents)
  • Neutral Particle Beams (atomic hydrogen)
  • Compression (by magnetic fields)
  • Fusion Reactions (primarily D+T)
Tokamak Schematic
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