November 3, 2022
Nuclear fusion is the process of joining atomic nuclei together, releasing energy. It's the same process that powers stars, including our sun.
For decades, scientists have tried to harness the energy released by nuclear fusion reactions because of the many potential benefits this form of electricity generation has.
They also release enormous amounts of energy, and the isotopes of hydrogen that power them are abundant.
However, fusion reactions can only take place under high heat and pressure, which consumes a lot of electricity.
As a result, scientists could not get a nuclear fusion reactor to produce more energy than it needs to function.
The study, co-authored by Woonghee Han, Theiler and others, was published Oct. 28 in the journal Scientific Reports.
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