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2Physics Quote:
"Stars with a mass of more than about 8 times the solar mass usually end in a supernova explosion. Before and during this explosion new elements, stable and radioactive, are formed by nuclear reactions and a large fraction of their mass is ejected with high velocities into the surrounding space. Most of the new elements are in the mass range until Fe, because there the nuclear binding energies are the largest. If such an explosion happens close to the sun it can be expected that part of the debris might enter the solar system and therefore should leave a signature on the planets and their moons." -- Thomas Faestermann, Gunther Korschinek (Read Full Article: "Recent Supernova Debris on the Moon" )

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.


1 Comments:

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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