December 30, 2008

The first step...

...toward practical fusion.

PhotobucketIn the spring, a team will begin attempts to ignite a tiny man-made star inside a laboratory and trigger a thermonuclear reaction.

Its goal is to generate temperatures of more than 100 million degrees Celsius and pressures billions of times higher than those found anywhere else on earth, from a speck of fuel little bigger than a pinhead. If successful, the experiment will mark the first step towards building a practical nuclear fusion power station and a source of almost limitless energy.

The resulting explosion should generate 10 times the energy used to ignite it. While this is still not practical for commercial applications, it's a good first step toward a working fusion reactor.

Posted by mcblogger at December 30, 2008 02:21 PM

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