93143 wrote:Sort of. We can assume that if there's energy produced by fusion, we can get it. The question is, how much energy do we have to inject to make up for losses (transport=leakage of high-energy electrons and fuel ions through the confinement, leading to loss of their energy)? If it's significantly less than the fusion power, we're good (at least for simple fuels where stuff like bremsstrahlung isn't an issue).
Bremsstrahlung would be an issue when the plasma density goes up when trying to scale, no matter the how simple the fuels, this is one of the hurdles in Tokamak fusion reactors.
Dr. Nebels says the transport , at the moment, seems to be working, it will be interesting to see if it scales.