When magnetic walls are closing in, wily plasma slips out between magnetic field lines. A Michigan-led team pioneered a way to keep more plasma contained.
Plasmas & Nuclear Fusion
Twisting magnetic fields for extreme plasma compression
Plasma jet wands could rapidly decontaminate hospital rooms
Room-temperature plasma beams could essentially dissolve away bacteria and viruses.
Using lasers to measure uranium enrichment
Nuclear energy and nuclear nonproliferation would both benefit from a faster, easier way to measure what proportion of uranium atoms can split.
How a spray from the hardware store could improve nuclear fusion
A coating of polyurethane keeps plasma problems in check during magnetic compression.
Recreating supernova reaction yields new insights for fusion energy
Our pursuit of fusion needs a heat-check