Monday, April 20, 2009

Fusion Reactors

More news on the fusion front. The Polywell folks have gotten $2M from the DOD to continue research on their electrostatic confinement fusion reactor.
This thing appeals to me on account of its relative simplicity compared to the Tokamek or Laser confinement units. One of the questions that keeps nagging me is this: When (or if) the thing begins producing those large quantities of heat that make the thing work, how is it going to be transferred out of the system, and what's to keep it from slagging its own innards?

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