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New polls show substantial support for nuclear energy
Sixty percent of respondents in a recent national survey favored the use of nuclear energy, with only 25 percent opposing its use. While the latest Bisconti Research poll focuses on nuclear power and electricity generation, its findings on public interest in climate change and using a spectrum of sources to meet energy needs are consistent with a recent Pew Research Center poll on a broad set of energy policy and climate change topics. The approaches the two online surveys took to measuring public opinion on nuclear energy yielded different numbers but found some common ground.
B. Pégourié, A. Géraud, Tore Supra Team
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 56 | Number 3 | October 2009 | Pages 1318-1333
Technical Papers | Tore Supra Special Issue | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST09-A9180
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Particle control is an essential requirement for long-pulse operation. Besides steady-state particle exhaust, the complementary key element is particle fueling. Three fueling methods are currently used in Tore Supra: conventional gas puffing, supersonic molecular beam injection, and pellet injection. In addition to a technical description of the corresponding systems, this paper presents an overview of different studies characterizing these methods in terms of fueling efficiency and ability to fuel long discharges or to obtain high-density plasmas with no confinement degradation. An analysis of the interaction between the plasma and the pellet or supersonic beam is also given, including the physics of the homogenization of the deposited particles in the background plasma (importance of the edge cooling and of the [nabla]B-induced displacement) or the transport-induced modification for deep-matter penetration (triggering of an improved confinement phase or, conversely, of a sawtooth crash when a pellet crosses the q = 1 surface).