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posted by Fnord666 on Saturday June 05, @06:03PM   Printer-friendly

China maintains 'artificial sun' at 120 million Celsius for over 100 seconds, setting new world record:

China broke the record by keeping the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) by achieving plasma temperature at 120 million Celsius for 101 seconds and 160 million Celsius for 20 seconds, a major step toward the test run of the fusion reactor.

The Tokamak devise[sic] is located at the Hefei Institutes of Physical Science of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. It is designed to replicate the nuclear fusion process that occurs naturally in the sun and stars to provide almost infinite clean energy through controlled nuclear fusion, which is often dubbed the "artificial sun."

The achievement broke a previous record of maintaining the plasma temperature at 100 million C for 100 seconds. According to Li Miao, director of the physics department of the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, it is a milestone in reaching the goal of keeping the temperature at a stable level for a long time.

"The breakthrough is significant progress, and the ultimate goal should be keeping the temperature at a stable level for a long time," Li told the Global Times, adding that the next milestone might be to maintain the stability for a week or more.


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  • (Score: 2, Funny) by fustakrakich on Saturday June 05, @06:48PM (3 children)

    by fustakrakich (6150) on Saturday June 05, @06:48PM (#1142117) Journal

    I wanna see the thermometer they stuck in there

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 05, @10:41PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 05, @10:41PM (#1142174)

    >... thermometer they stuck in there

    Please stop being an idiot. Obviously they used some non-contact method of measuring the temperature, one option might be IR from a good distance back.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 06, @06:37AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 06, @06:37AM (#1142289)

      The Christian side hug of temperature measurements.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 06, @03:43AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 06, @03:43AM (#1142236)

    I just guessed at the temperature, to be honest.