Scientists are Finally Understanding Hot Fusion
September 1, 2007 § 3 Comments
Some scientists at the esteemed Max Planck Institute have just cracked one of the thorniest unsolved questions about electricity. It may have powerful applications.New Scientist reports that ball lightning — the mysterious form of energy sometimes seen during thunderstorms — has been created in the lab.
The Max Planck Institute’s scientists have figured out how to use underwater electrical bursts to generate ball lightning. (Technically, they call it “luminous plasma clouds” — but if it looks like a duck and quacks like one…)
The creations last for about half a second and are eight inches in diameter. This makes their size comparable to the size of naturally occurring ball lightning, which has been reported by many observers, including scientists, for centuries.
Even such luminaries as Charlemagne, King Henry II and the renowned physicist Niels Bohr reported seeing it.
My 2 cents
Fusion requires a mixture of the hydrogen isotopes. Superconducting magnets confine the fuel in a torus and heated to 100 million °C to turn it into a plasma that fuses the deuterium and tritium nuclei, giving energetic neutrons and alpha particles. The alpha particles heat the plasma and keep the plasma burning and the fusion going.
The reactor generates more energy than it consumes? No fusion reactor has achieved break even so far. Maybe Hot Fusion is the way to go. Whatever happened to cold fusion?
- You: Fusion reactor gets EU go-ahead (tgdaily.com)
- Findings show promise for nuclear fusion test reactors (eurekalert.org)
- Imaging of Alfven waves and fast ions in a fusion plasma (physorg.com)
- Dig Fusion? Now You Can Call the Shots (news.sciencemag.org)
- Build a fusion reactor in your home (hackaday.com)