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Plasma Dynamics: New Method to Stabilize Plasma in Nuclear Fusion Process

The development of sources of inexpensive and abundant energy is a critical factor for the continued advancement of our technological civilization and the long-term sustainability and health of the biosphere and planet. Current hydrocarbon-based methods of energy production and utilization are un-sustainable, both in the renewability of such resources and in their negative environmental impacts—many of which occur not only from the environmentally detrimental extraction of fuel but also from the dumping of pollutants into the land, air, and water—which offsets the true price of such energy sources. What’s worse, the limited availability of hydrocarbon-based resources and their intrinsic supply-and-demand capitalist market structure make them geopolitical tools of hierarchical and hegemonic control as much as sources of energy (as well as the precursors to plastics, tires, and asphalt).

Torus Tech—an advanced research and development company founded by physicist and inventor Nassim Haramein—is developing a device that induces magnetohydrodynamic coupling of plasma modes to vacuum structure, replicating dynamics occurring in astrophysical objects, to extract energy. A veritable “star in a jar”, which holds great promise for engineering the vacuum for energy production and novel propulsion, based on Haramein’s unified physics:

Of course, a fundamental change in our understanding of the structure of spacetime at the quantum scale and the identification of the vacuum fluctuations being the source of gravitation, mass, and charge will have a profound impact on technological developments of the future. One can certainly imagine systems that, in a laboratory setting, would create co-moving coherent spinning regions of the Planck vacuum fluctuations and as a result create a depression or curvature in the structure of space to obtain gravitational control, the extraction of significant amounts of energy, and even the possibility of matter creation directly out of the vacuum. You may think of this as far-fetched or that it may be possible in a very far future, but one should consider that we are already able to extract electromagnetic photons directly out of the vacuum fluctuations utilizing the dynamical Casmir Effect (for popular articles see New Scientist and Physics World). Now consider that physicists have recently found a path forward to complete Gregory Breit and John Archibald Wheeler’s (colleague of Einstein) 1934 dream of creating matter out of photons. All of a sudden, the concept of matter creation out of vacuum fluctuations doesn’t seem so extravagant. –RSF report on the The Proton Radius Prediction and Gravitational Control.

A critical feature of replicating the dynamics of stars for energy production is understanding plasma. Now, new findings reported from experiments performed on the National Spherical Torus Experiment-Upgrade (NSTX-U), at the Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have found new methods to stabilize plasma for sustained nuclear fusion. Nuclear fusion represents an inexhaustible and environmentally-friendly source of energy production, yet the process has yet to maintain sustained, or over-unity, energy production, i.e. it takes more energy to run than what you get out. The research team found a way to suppress a common source of instability that develops in the plasma that can halt the fusion process.

John Greenwald reports further: The suppressed instability is called a global Alfvén eigenmode (GAE) — a common wave-like disturbance that can cause fusion reactions to fizzle out. Suppression was achieved with a second neutral beam injector recently installed as part of the NSTX-U upgrade. Just a small amount of highly energetic particles from this second injector was able to shut down the GAEs.

These remarkable results were good news for fusion development. “Normally, when you inject energetic particles, you drive up instabilities,” said Jonathan Menard, head of research on NSTX-U. “The fact that the second neutral beam was able to turn them off by varying the fast-ion distribution with a small amount of particles provides our research with flexibility and is a welcome discovery.”

The result validated predictions of a computer code called “HYM,” developed by PPPL physicist Elena Belova, and could prove useful to ITER, the international fusion facility under construction in France to demonstrate the ability to confine a burning plasma and produce 10 times more power than it consumes.

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