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Simulation of MIF shows high-gain energy output

Sandia Labs' numerical simulation (reported in the Jan. 13 issue of Physical Review Letters) of a new magnetized inertial fusion (MIF) method that predicts a 50 times more efficient than using X-rays. The MIF technique heats the fusion fuel (deuterium-tritium) by compression as in normal inertial fusion, but uses a magnetic field to suppress heat loss during implosion. To validate the computer simulations, experiments for a fast-firing magnetic method are planned at Sandia’s Z accelerator. Laboratory result is expected by late 2013.

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