Plasma Physics: Revolution in Power

The possibility of generating useful amounts of electricity by blowing hot gas between the poles of a magnet has long intrigued adventurous physicists. Many have tried to turn the trick, but until Dr. Arthur Kantrowitz, chief of Avco Corp.'s Everett, Mass.. laboratory, reported impressive progress last week, large-scale magnetohydrodynamic power seemed as improbable as its nonstop name.

Nothing Simpler. Avco's Mark II generator has no moving parts; yet it generates 1,350 kilowatts of electric power. Dr. Kantrowitz likes to say that his creation is just like an ordinary rotary generator, but simpler....

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