Scientists at Tecnológico de Costa Rica plan to create plasma this morning in an experiment that will raise the substance’s temperature to 300,000 C.
The university’s plasma and fusion lab has invested $500,000 to build the device to do this. The plasma is contained within a magnetic field in much the same way that Franklin Chang’s experimental spacecraft engine does. The plasma is too hot to be contained by solid matter.
The scientists will be using a stellarator built there. The device is one of several that can produce and contain plasma. The goal is to study the plasma and the holy grail of power generation, the fusion reaction.
The Cartago university will stream the event at 11 a.m. on the Internet at: www.tec.ac.cr.