The magnetic field, which is more powerful than the earth's, is "forced" to work for thermonuclear fusion

Physicists have applied powerful magnetic fields to laser-controlled implosion. This will allow you to manage

thermonuclear reactions in ways that have not previously been studied in experiments.

Arijit Bose, University of Delaware Fellow andsenior author of the study, inspired by his work at the Laser Energy Laboratory in Rochester. There, lasers are used to explode spherical capsules and create plasma in an inertial confinement fusion process.

Credit: Geoffrey S. Chase

In a new experiment, physicists usedlaser machine OMEGA. She "shot" a powerful beam at a sphere of frozen deuterium and tritium, heating it to a temperature close to the core of the Sun. The scientists also applied a powerful magnetic field - in this case with a force of up to 50 Tesla - which is used to control charged particles. It has not been used before.

For comparison, a typical devicemagnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses magnets with a strength of about 3 T. The magnetic field that protects the Earth from the solar wind is many orders of magnitude smaller than 50 T, scientists emphasize.

Magnetic fields trap charged particles andmake them move around the lines of force. This helps them collide and speeds up inertial controlled fusion. However, the authors of the project emphasize that the finished solution will still have to be finalized. So far this is just an experiment.

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