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Sandia magnetized fusion technique produces significant results

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories’ Z machine have produced a significant output of fusion neutrons, using a method fully functioning for only little more than a year. The experimental work is described in a paper to be published in the Sept. 24 Physical Review Letters online. A theoretical PRL paper to be […]

Fusion instabilities lessened by unexpected effect

Control of widely recognized distortion may allow greater output at Sandia’s Z machine ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A surprising effect created by a 19th century device called a Helmholtz pair offers clues about how to achieve controlled nuclear fusion at Sandia National Laboratories’ powerful Z machine. A Helmholz coil produces a magnetic field when electrified. In […]

High-impact Sandia physicist publishes technical, yet personal, memoir

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The swan song of retiring Sandia physicist Tom Sanford is in a technical, yet personal, memoir about experiments that changed the course of research at particle accelerators around the world. His experiments in the mid-1990s made the Z accelerator a more effective candidate to achieve peacetime fusion energy — a goal pursued […]

Dry-run experiments verify key aspect of Sandia nuclear fusion concept

Scientific “break-even” or better is near-term goal ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Magnetically imploded tubes called liners, intended to help produce controlled nuclear fusion at scientific “break-even” energies or better within the next few years, have functioned successfully in preliminary tests, according to a Sandia research paper accepted for publication by Physical Review Letters (PRL). To exceed scientific […]