Chinese Fusion Reactor Maintains 70 Million Degrees Celsius For More Than 17 Minutes

spth writes from a report via German publisher Heise: The Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) in Hefei, China has maintained a temperature of 70 million degrees celsius for 17 minutes at the end of 2021. It had previously held 120 million degrees celsius for 101 seconds and 160 million degrees celsius for 20 seconds. The goal is to keep 100 million degrees for one week. The purpose of the research at EAST is to support the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) in Cadarache, France. The reactor maintained these temperatures for exactly 1,056 seconds, or 17 minutes, 36 seconds, notes the Institute of Plasma Physics Chinese Academy of Sciences in an announcement.

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