There is a way to do fusion without giving the plasma any chance to behave in an unexpected way. It involves compressing deuterium-tritium fuel to a density lower than that already achieved in NIF, then striking it with fast pellets. The technique requires no lasers, and allows the fuel to be completely and closely surrounded by lithium at detonation. The result is a closed fuel cycle with virtually zero neutron leakage: it may even be possible to convert existing coal- or gas-fired plant for fusion.
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After 70 years of seeking, this could at last be the source of cheap, clean power needed to ensure universal and ever-growing human prosperity without wrecking the planet.