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The race towards nuclear fusion: China also succeeded in conducting an important experiment

The race towards nuclear fusion: China also succeeded in conducting an important experiment

The Tokamak Advanced Superconducting Experimental Reactor (EAST), an experimental nuclear fusion reactor in China, was able to sustain a high-energy reaction for seven minutes. This is four times the previous EAST record.

Why is this important?

Nuclear fusion technology is viewed by many physicists as the “holy grail” of energy. In such reactors, atomic nuclei are fused together, releasing a huge amount of energy, without the emissions of carbon dioxide and fuel, which are abundant on Earth. But developing the technology has proven very difficult for decades.

In the news: This was the most successful experiment at the EAST reactor, which has been in operation since 2006, so far, according to Chinese media reports. Xinhua.

  • EAST works by generating superheated plasma over 100 million degrees Celsius and trapping it in a donut-shaped space with magnetic fields. Because of the extremely high temperature, the atomic nuclei that make up the plasma melt together.
  • And during the experiment on Wednesday, such a superheated plasma b appeared

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