Monday, November 8, 2010

Taming thermonuclear plasma with a snowflake

Taming thermonuclear plasma with a snowflake: "While the conventional magnetic X-point divertor concept has existed for three decades, a very recent theoretical idea and supporting calculations by Dr. D.D. Ryutov from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have indicated that a novel magnetic divertor -- the 'snowflake divertor' -- would have much improved heat handling characteristics for the plasma-material interface. The name is derived from the appearance of magnetic field lines forming this novel magnetic interface."

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