Фирма Helion Energy негромко так ваяет термоядерный реактор другой конструкции. Попали в журналы, но пришлось найти руками.
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The technology and engineering required for net-production fusion finally exists.
// Дальше — helionenergy.com
Реактор импульсный, по сути это коллайдер
Обычный дейтерий+тритий+литий. Остальное необычно:
Вот о них в попмехе (после навязчивого обычного): http://www.popularmechanics.com/print-this/...
With its pulsed magnetic field design, the Helion team claims it has found the elusive sweet spot in the fusion landscape: a reliable, cheap reactor that doesn't require fine-tuned optics or complicated plasma confinement. In Helion's reactor, electric currents flowing inside the plasma reverse the direction of a magnetic field that's applied from the outside; the new, closed field that results effectively confines the plasma.
While Helion's reactor is much simpler than those of ITER or NIF, it's also not yet powerful enough to be useful to a utility. Slough says his team will need to increase the size of the reactor's magnetic confinement field and boost the acceleration rate so that the plasmas will be traveling about twice as fast by the time they crash into each other. Those refinements will require at least $15 million to $20 million in development costs, money Helion does not currently have. Even if the funds materialize, there's no guarantee the reactor will work as projected when scaled up, or function consistently over long periods of time.
The team announces that they're about to show me exactly what Helion-style fusion looks like. "You might want hearing protection for this," the company's president, Philip Wallace, says, handing me a pair of industrial-strength earmuffs. His colleagues power up the device. After the countdown clock on someone's iPhone drains to zero, there's a burst that sounds like a bulb breaking and a flash of pink light so bright that I have to turn away for a second. Wallace turns to me triumphantly: "You just witnessed fusion."