This Fusion Reactor is 'Very Likely to Work'

Scientists developing a compact version of a nuclear fusion reactor, have shown that it should work and finally mimicking the way the sun produces energy.

This special issue’s seven peer-reviewed articles provide a comprehensive summary of the physics basis for SPARC: a compact, high-field, DT burning tokamak, currently under design by a team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Commonwealth Fusion Systems.



The SPARC project builds on a remarkable period of progress in the understanding of magnetically confined plasmas achieved collectively by the world’s fusion programs.

Rendering of SPARC, a compact, high-field, DT burning tokamak, currently under design by a team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Commonwealth Fusion Systems. Its mission is to create and confine a plasma that produces net fusion energy.

“These studies put SPARC on a firm scientific basis. When we build and operate the machine as described in these papers, we fully expect to meet our target for fusion gain and produce a wealth of new and important information on burning plasmas”

Image credit “Cutaway of the SPARC engineering design.”  CFS/MIT-PSFC – CAD Rendering by T. Henderson



source Cambridge University