Cleaning agent ingredient improves fusion reactions

Thermonuclear fusion combines light elements in the form of plasma - this is a hot state of matter from free

electrons and atomic nuclei. Such a process can generate enormous amounts of energy.

Scientists are striving to use thermonuclear fusion to create an almost inexhaustible supply of energy for the production of electricity.

The researchers found that boron injection makes it easier to produce highly efficient plasma in tokamaks.

The boron layer prevents material transfer from the inner wall into the plasma and also keeps the plasma free of impurities. Fewer impurities guarantee stability and reduce failure rates.

The authors carried out their experiment at the national thermonuclear installation DIII-D.

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