Heat escaping from the core of a twelve-million degree nuclear fusion plasma device was successfully contained by a snowflake-shaped magnetic field to mitigate its impact on device walls.
Energy that originates from the splitting of uranium atoms in a process called fission. This is distinct from a process called fusion where energy is released when atomic nuclei combine or fuse.
Researchers at a recent worldwide conference on fusion power have confirmed the surprising accuracy of a new model for predicting the size of a key barrier to fusion that a top scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has developed. The model could serve as a starting point for overcoming the barrier.
Jerry Levine has more than 35 years experience in managing, coordinating and reviewing licensing, safety and environmental matters for fusion-energy research activities and the nuclear waste program. Levine directs a department of more than 40 professionals responsible for oversight and support of activities ranging from radiation protection and electrical safety to emergency preparedness, environmental protection and security.