MIT and New Company Seek Working Fusion Plant Pilot in 15 Years

Visualization of the proposed SPARC tokamak experiment. Using high-field magnets built with newly available high-temperature superconductors, this experiment would be the first controlled fusion plasma to produce net energy output. / Visualization by Ken Filar, PSFC research affiliate By David Chandler / 03.09.2018 Progress toward the long-sought dream of fusion power — potentially an inexhaustible and[…]

Atomic Age Began 75 Years Ago with the First Controlled Nuclear Chain Reaction

For the first time, human beings harnessed the power of atomic fission. Keith Ruffles, Creative Commons    By Dr. Artemis Spyrou and Dr. Wolfgang Mittig / 11.30.2017 Spyrou: Associate Professor of Nuclear Astrophysics Mittig: Professor of Physics Michigan State University Over Christmas vacation in 1938, physicists Lise Meitner and Otto Frisch received puzzling scientific news in a private letter from nuclear[…]