Common Ground for Fusion

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Science  06 Aug 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5429, pp. 820-821
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5429.820

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Since the United States withdrew from a giant reactor project, the $10 billion International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), U.S. fusion researchers have been pursuing new approaches. Now, after decades of division over technology, philosophy, and--recently--sharp funding cuts for some areas while other areas thrive, researchers meeting in the Rockies to help set a new course for the U.S. fusion program have found some surprising overlap in approaches as different as laser and magnetic fusion. The debate also revealed the potential of smaller versions of tokamaks such as the so-called ITER Lite.