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2Physics Quote:
"Eckhard D. Falkenberg, who found evidence of an annual oscillation in the beta-decay rate of tritium, was either the first or one of the first to propose that some beta-decay rates may be variable. He suggested that the beta-decay process may be influenced by neutrinos, and attributed the annual variation to the varying Earth-Sun distance that leads to a corresponding variation in the flux of solar neutrinos as detected on Earth. Supporting evidence for the variability of beta-decay rates could be found in the results of an experiment carried out at the Brookhaven National Laboratory."
-- Peter A. Sturrock, Ephraim Fischbach, Jeffrey D. Scargle

(Read Full Article: "Indications of an Influence of Solar Neutrinos on Beta Decays"

Saturday, September 03, 2005

ITER's Tokamak

The most advanced approach to fusion involves
using magnetic fields to confine the deuterium
–tritium plasma. This is the route to be taken by
International Thermonuclear Experimental
Reactor (ITER), which will build a fusion reactor
at Cadarache in the south of France [ITER is an
international coallition among China, the European
Union (EU), Japan, Russia, South Korea and the
US]. The project will cost $10 billion to build and
run. ITER will use magnetic fields generated by
superconducting coils to confine a plasma of
deuterium and tritium in a donut-shaped chamber
called a Tokamak. The plasma will be heated to a temperature of 100
million degrees so that the deuterium and tritium nuclei can overcome
their mutual repulsion and undergo nuclear fusion.


At 8:02 AM, Blogger oceanskies79 said...

I read this for a while, and I suppose my physics has yet to be so good that I could understand the concepts behind. It would be helpful if charts or figures could be used. I am more visual.


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