Thursday, January 20, 2005

Another Approach To Fusion: PLASMAK

The lure of infinite power has drawn a number of researchers to the field of plasma physics, and with them, it seems as many approaches as individuals. Reading an old Slashdot article about levitated dipole fusion research led to this website discussing PLASMAK fusion research. PLASMAK is an offshoot of research on ball lightning; the idea is that the plasma provides its own stability, creating its own confinement by means of a rotating torus not unlike a smoke ring. Judging by the age of some of the articles, it looks like nothing significant has arisen in this area for a couple years now.