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Researchers Announce Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough

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A "World First" Fusion Reactor Just Created Its First Plasma

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A "World First" Fusion Reactor Just Created Its First Plasma

After being turned on for the first time, the UK’s newest fusion reactor has achieved first plasma. This simply means that the reactor was able to successfully generate a molten mass of electrically-charged gas — plasma — inside its core. Called the ST40, the reactor was constructed by Tokamak Energy, one of the leading private fusion energy companies in the world. The company was founded in 2009 with the express purpose of designing and developing small fusion reactors to introduce fusion power into the grid by 2030. Now that the ST40 is running, the company will commission and install the...

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China's 'Artificial Sun' achieves fusion breakthrough

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China's 'Artificial Sun' achieves fusion breakthrough

Chinese scientists have successfully obtained high-confinement plasma for a record length of time, which experts believe will promote the development of international thermonuclear fusion research. The recent experiment was conducted using China’s Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST), an experimental thermonuclear fusion reactor that replicates the energy-generating process of the sun. The experiment demonstrated the sustainability of plasma in the H-mode confinement regime, lasting over one minute. This achievement will be key to the success of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), the largest international program dedicated to thermonuclear fusion experiments. It also marks a major step forward for fusion studies,...

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