Sandia Labs has announced, and Energy Daily is reporting encouraging results by adding Russian-developed Linear Transformer Driver (LTD) technology to their Z Machine to solve one of the biggest obstacles to practical fusion reactors. Getting the current needed to "spark" a burst of fusion is do-able. Getting a constant series of "sparks" going to create a continuous chain of fusion bursts has never been achieved. The LTD makes it suddenly look achievable.
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