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General Fusion's Fusion Machine
General Fusion uses a variation on an approach called Magnetized Target Fusion—MTF. Inside a metallic sphere measuring about 3m in diameter, a liquid lead-lithium mixture spins around the tank fast enough that a cylindrical-shaped tornado funnel opens in the middle of the tank. Two injectors send plasma—ionized gas—into the void at the center of the swirling liquid metal. Two hundred pneumatic pistons, accelerated to approximately 100 meters per second by pressurized steam, slam the outside of the sphere simultaneously. Then, if all goes as planned, the magic happens.
The impact of the pistons sends a compression wave reverberating through the liquid metal and toward the the plasma suspended by a magnetic field in the center.
The compression wave picks up speed as it hurtles toward the center, quickly becoming a shock wave powerful enough to compress the plasma quickly and violently.
The shock wave hits the plasma, a highly energetic stew of the hydrogen isotopes tritium and deuterium. The force is so great that the ions merge to form helium.
The fusion reaction hurls neutrons and alpha particles out through the liquid lead-lithium, creating heat that generates steam to power an electricity-producing turbine.
Quack Science: The Big Bang Never Happened
* 1926 - Friedrich Paneth and Kurt Peters report the transformation of hydrogen into helium (Über die Verwandlung von Wasserstoff in Helium) within palladium (later retracted).
* 1927 - J. Tandberg said that he had fused hydrogen into helium in an electrolytic cell with palladium electrodes.
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