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Construction of ITER Authorised by French Government

June 25, 2012

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The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) has finally been given the go ahead by French authorities. The ITER organisation received a letter from the French Safety Authority, Agence de sûreté nucléaire (ASN), on 20 June 2012 which granted a license to build an experimental tokamak nuclear fusion reactor in the south of France. ITER is a […]

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Fusion for Space Travel

June 22, 2012

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A team of engineers and scientists have developed concept vehicles for a crewed round trip to Mars using fusion power for in-space propulsion. Members of UAHuntsville, NASA’s George C. Marshall Space Flight Center and the University of Wisconsin have identified Z-pinch and Dense Plasma Focus (DPF) as two promising techniques for using fusion power for […]

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Profile: Irving Langmuir

June 20, 2012

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Irving Langmuir was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1881. He graduated as a metallurgical engineer from the School of Mines at Columbia University in 1903. He obtained an MA and PhD from Göttingen for work in Physical Chemistry under Walther Nernst. Langmuir worked as an Instructor in Chemistry at Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New […]

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Plasma Road Map Defines State of Field of Plasma Research

June 15, 2012

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The current status of the field of plasma researched has been mapped in a special collection of articles for Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, published by IOP Publishing. The collection has been compiled by Uwe Czarnetzki of the Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany. He has devoted his working life to the science and applications of plasmas. A […]

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Pulsed Laser Deposition: Introduction

June 15, 2012

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In 1960 Theodore Maiman developed, demonstrated and patented the first laser, using a pink ruby medium and a helical gas discharge flashtube for optical pumping, at the Hughes Research Laboratory. Following Maiman’s break-through, theoretical and experimental studies were carried out on the interaction of lasers with solid, liquid and gaseous materials. The ease with which […]

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