All magnetically confined plasmas naturally develop instabilities, regions where small perturbations grow rapidly . Scientists have been looking for ways to prevent instabilities in a tokamak—a leading candidate for a fusion reactor—because the instabilities can cause substantial damage to the tokamak’s walls. Now Georg Harrer at the Vienna University of Technology and his colleagues have shown how these destructive instabilities can be avoided by adjusting the properties of the plasma and its confining magnetic field . The researchers’ findings offer a fresh approach to running future fusion reactors.
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