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Improving the magnetic bottle that controls fusion power on Earth

Physicist Nate Ferraro. Credit: Elle Starkman/PPPL Office of Communications Scientists who use magnetic fields to bottle up and control on Earth the fusion reactions that power the sun and stars must correct any errors in the shape of the fields that contain the reactions. Such errors produce deviations from the symmetrical form of the fields […]

Scientists reproduce the dynamics behind astrophysical shocks

NASA-recorded solar flare. Credit: NASA High-energy shock waves driven by solar flares and coronal mass ejections of plasma from the sun erupt throughout the solar system, unleashing magnetic space storms that can damage satellites, disrupt cell phone service and blackout power grids on Earth. Also driving high-energy waves is the solar wind—plasma that constantly flows […]