Milestone achieved—and surpassed! ✅TAE Technologies’ state-of-the-art fusion research reactor Norman has achieved temperatures greater than 75 million° C while demonstrating unmatched real-time control of plasma. (1/6)Norman exceeded expectations: Designed to keep plasma stable at 30M° C, the reactor was optimized to sustain plasma at more than 75M° C, 250% over its original goal. Here’s what plasma looks like inside Norman: (2/6)Our next reactor Copernicus will target 100-150 million° C to demonstrate the viability of net energy generation from TAE’s approach. (3/6)Fun fact about Norman: the plasma formed in its quartz tubes is accelerated to speeds of up to 670,000 mph—fast enough to circle the earth in 2 minutes 🌎 (4/6)The Norman reactor was named for Dr. Norman Rostoker, TAE’s brilliant technology co-founder & professor @UCIrvine, who passed away in 2014. His vision for combining plasma physics with accelerator physics at the forefront of engineering technology still drives our progress. (5/6)With a track record of over delivering on milestones and performance, TAE has attracted the support of visionary investors and to date has raised a total of $1.2 billion for its commercial fusion development using clean, safe, abundant hydrogen-boron fuel. http://bit.ly/3cdgMKK
New Atlas has an interesting, and quite detailed interview about Tri-Alpha's reactor:https://newatlas.com/energy/tae-fusion-interview/New to me is that their direct-energy-capture plans are markedly different from what Helion have talked about; They want to use more or less photovoltaic cells to capture the X-ray light off of the plasma.