EAST

Chinese Fusion Reactor breaks Plasma-record!

The reactor's magnetic field controlled 50 million degrees hot plasma for 102 seconds - longer than any other reactor of the type.

The  "Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak" (EAST) ,heated hydrogen plasma to 50 million degrees and kept fusion going for 102 seconds.

And that's a record, most reactors of the same type have not been able to hold the plasma via magnetic fields for more than 20 seconds ca.

Fusion reactors are trying to create energy by imitating the nuclear fusion that takes place inside the Sun.

The necessary conditions are extremely hard to achieve artificially and even harder to keep running.

According to the researchers working at Wendelstein 7-X stellarator the optimum temperature is close to 100 million degrees Celsius: EAST fusion reactor is therefore only halfway.

Their ultimate goal is to create plasma with a temperature of 100 million degrees Celsius and keep it stable in 1000 seconds - nearly 17 minutes.

The Chinese researchers experience will be shared with the team behind the major international fusion reactor: ITER.

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read more about PPFE collaboration with IPP on EAST 

read more about ITER