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Affordable near-term burning-plasma experiments
17th IEEE/NPSS Symposium Fusion Engineering (Cat. No.97CH36131)
Fusion energy is a potential energy source for the future with plentiful fuel supplies and is expected to have benign environmental impact. The issue with fusion energy has been the scientific feasibility, and recently the cost of this approach. The key technical milestone for fusion is the achievement of a self-sustained fusion fire, ignition, in the laboratory. Despite 40 years of research and the expenditure of almost $20B worldwide, a self-sustained fusion fire has not yet been produced indoi:10.1109/fusion.1997.687027 fatcat:flalga5wujekrmwvxxmdstkcwe