Specialists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have created a superconducting magnet 40 times smaller than conventional magnets. It will allow significant progress in the creation of a thermonuclear reactor.
The result of the work of the scientists of the herd is an installation with the generation of a magnetic field of 20 T. The ribbon-like structure of the magnetic material has resulted in the device taking up only 1/40 of what is needed with conventional magnets. This installation, in theory, will create a smaller reactor that can achieve higher temperature performance.
According to the researchers, their development will be able to remove obstacles to the commercial use of thermonuclear energy. Scientists note that the created ribbon-like magnet is the strongest ever to appear on the planet. According to experts, in the future, such an installation will be able to provide the inhabitants of the Earth with an almost endless supply of energy.