The world needs energy. The only question is where to get it from. Ways that have been traditional for a long line of decades have begun to scoop themselves up. Burning hydrocarbons can no longer be considered a highly efficient way to obtain energy. Scientists around the world have turned their sights towards fusion, seeing it as one of the main sources of energy on a global scale.
However, the desire to “tame the atom” is fraught with a host of risks that cannot be ignored. At the same time, thermonuclear energy opens the door to completely amazing possibilities. Researchers at Princeton’s Plasma Physics Laboratory are well aware of this. They are conducting a number of cutting-edge investigations, with private industry among their partners. Their goal is to make fusion power not only efficient and affordable for private companies, but also as safe as possible.
Scientists are working closely on the development of the SPARC tokamak. This device is to be a groundbreaking innovation in the energy industry. Thermonuclear processes will cause “hot plasma” to appear. This process is associated with alpha-particle leaks. Researchers are trying to learn how to predict the extent of these leaks and to develop mechanisms that can offset the negative effects them. New superconducting magnets could be one means of achieving this goal.
Researchers have developments that could help produce such magnets. Using them in the SPARC design can achieve several important goals. For example, they can significantly reduce the size of the reactor and reduce the cost of their construction. Thus, private companies will be able to build their own SPARCs. In addition, superconducting magnets operating at higher voltages and higher magnetic fields will be able to provide greater safety through the longer containment of alpha particles inside the reactor.