The Problems and Potential of Fusion Energy

The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor's goal is "sparking and controlling a self-sustaining synthetic star," writes Raffi Khatchadourian.

In the south of France, scientists from around the world are constructing the most complex machine ever built. The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor is the latest in a long line of expensive and promising attempts to create fusion energy on earth. Raffi Khatchadourian, a staff writer for The New Yorker, wrote about the project in his article "A Star in a Bottle," in the March 3 issue.