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Swiss at the core of European fusion

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posted on Aug, 18 2003 @ 03:01 AM
Thermonuclear fusion is the base energy of the Universe, keeping the Sun and stars burning.

Conventional nuclear power works on the principle of "fission" - breaking down heavy atoms.

A fusion reactor forces atoms together to create heavier elements.

To achieve fusion, atoms have to be heated to 100 million degrees Celsius which turns them into a “soup” known as plasma.

Unlike fission, fusion reactions are said to carry no safety risks.

There is also another fusion energy process, called "cold fusion" wich is obtain via an electro-chemical reaction...

A Swiss professor based in Lausanne is to head an international project hoping to unlock the power potential of thermonuclear fusion.

posted on Aug, 18 2003 @ 03:07 AM
Does anybody know how they plan on generating 1,000,000C temperatures, this must surely require a huge amount of power which presumably must be generated by other means.

posted on Aug, 18 2003 @ 10:14 AM
The technique is called ECRH-heating: Electron Cyclotron Resonance Heating. Basically you take a really big bad magnetron(It's actually a gyrotron, but that's almost the same) and dunk all its power into the plasma ;-)

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