A Leap in Fusion Energy by Physicist
Researchers at MIT lab found that radio-frequency (RF) waves travel in the turbulent interior of a fusion furnace to maintain an efficiently, operating power plant. Researchers have tried to study these RF processes using computer simulations to match the experimental conditions. A good match of synchronization would validate the computer model, and raise confidence in using it to explore new physics and design future RF antennas that perform efficiently. While the simulations can accurately calculate how much total current is driven by RF waves, they do a poor job at predicting where exactly in the plasma this current is produced.