Scientists Generated Nuclear Fusion With a Tabletop Device

A 1.5-meter device called a Z-pinch generated nuclear fusion, but not for long enough to be useful. Still, it shows that small-scale fusion is possible.

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A team of physicists managed to generate a nuclear fusion reaction using a device that can fit on a tabletop.

The device, called a Z-pinch, operates in a similar way to any other fusion reaction, according to Physics World — but it can do so at a much smaller scale than the building-sized generators that scientists typically use to explore fusion.

Trial Run

Scientists from the University of Washington built a 1.5-meter Z-pinch device that was able to sustain a nuclear fusion reaction for five microseconds.

The Z-pinch works by trapping and pressurizing plasma in a powerful magnetic field, Physics Lees verder

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