Untangling The Fourth State
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The power of the stars, harnessed.
Fusion power promises our 21st century society an unprecedented new way to generate the electricity to run our cities, power our homes, factories, and schools. Fusion energy combines hydrogen into helium, resulting in a source of electricity that is virtually limitless with nearly no environmentally harmfull by products.
Bringing the power of the Sun onto the Earth is no trivial feat. The physics of generating and controlling plasmas (the fourth state of matter) hot enough and dense enough to sustain fusion, is a complex physics and engineering task. The Princeton Plasma Physics Lab (PPPL) leads one of the nation’s key efforts to develop controls for temperature, pressure, and magnetic fields to harness fusion reliably and safely.
In Fusion Physics, we examine these great challenges and show how theory and experiment are closing in on a practical reactor design for use in this century.