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2Physics Quote:
"Can photons in vacuum interact? The answer is not, since the vacuum is a linear medium where electromagnetic excitations and waves simply sum up, crossing themselves with no interaction. There exist a plenty of nonlinear media where the propagation features depend on the concentration of the waves or particles themselves. For example travelling photons in a nonlinear optical medium modify their structures during the propagation, attracting or repelling each other depending on the focusing or defocusing properties of the medium, and giving rise to self-sustained preserving profiles such as space and time solitons or rapidly rising fronts such as shock waves." -- Lorenzo Dominici, Mikhail Petrov, Michal Matuszewski, Dario Ballarini, Milena De Giorgi, David Colas, Emiliano Cancellieri, Blanca Silva Fernández, Alberto Bramati, Giuseppe Gigli, Alexei Kavokin, Fabrice Laussy, Daniele Sanvitto. (Read Full Article: "The Real-Space Collapse of a Two Dimensional Polariton Gas" )

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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