At the edge: Plasma-surface science for future fusion reactors

Cormac Corr*

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    Concerns over energy security and climate change are driving the development of novel sustainable energy sources. Fusion, the process that powers the Sun, has great potential to provide clean industrial-scale baseload electrical power, with negligible CO 2 emissions and produce little long-term waste. Results from the 500 MW international magnetic confinement experiment ITER will determine the future of fusion energy as a viable alternative source of clean energy. The science and technology of materials under extreme heat loads, and in particular plasma-surface interactions, are critical to the success of plasma fusion sources such as ITER [1] and the ultimate viability of generating fusion power under steady state conditions.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)148-153
    Number of pages6
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2012


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