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Unveiling the Steady Progress toward Fusion Energy GainToday multiple fusion concepts are on the threshold of scientific breakeven, and other lower-cost concepts advanced by private companies have reached significant thresholds of performance.
Integrating Hot Cores and Cool Edges in Fusion Reactors“Super-H Mode” and dust injection show promise for solving physics challenges of fusion power plants.
Harnessing Hot Helium Ash to Drive Rotation in Fusion ReactorsNew model explains how and when waves can exploit the energy of hot fusion ash to power plasma rotation.
Upgraded Code Reveals a Source of Damaging Fusion DisruptionsDiscoveries reveal an escape route for high-energy electrons that can lead to thermal quenches.
Meter-scale Plasma Waveguides Push the Particle Accelerator EnvelopeExperiments drive electrons to multi-GeV energies in an all-optical laser-driven accelerator.
Tiny Grains, Severe Damage: Hypervelocity Dust Impacts on a Spacecraft Produce Plasma Explosions and Debris CloudsNew results reveal how plasma explosions and clouds of debris can disturb spacecraft operations in the aftermath of hypervelocity dust impacts.
Calling All “Fusioneers”! New U.S. Fusion Energy Website LaunchesThe new community-wide outreach, education, and workforce development website provides centralized resources for all audiences.
Passive-Aggressive: New Coil Stands Ready to Tame Runaway ElectronsThe SPARC team is working on a passive, non-axisymmetric coil which should eliminate the threat of damage from relativistic electrons formed during tokamak disruptions.
Feeling the Heat: Fusion Reactors used to Test Spacecraft Heat ShieldsExtreme conditions in the DIII-D plasmas mimic high-speed atmospheric entries.
Visualizing the Microscopic World of Fast Ions in Fusion DevicesFor the first time, scientists can track the migration paths of fast ions in fusion plasmas.
Neutral Particles a Drag on Disruptive Plasma BlobsNew simulations couple gyrokinetic and kinetic models to better predict plasma turbulence.
Micro-Scale Current Sheets Unleash Macro-Scale Space WeatherNRL scientists discover new physics missing from existing models of magnetic reconnection.
Researchers at the Brink of Fusion Ignition at National Ignition FacilityExperiments conducted in August achieved a record yield of more than 1.3 megajoules.
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