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.
(Score: 4, Informative) by Beryllium Sphere (r) on Sunday June 06 2021, @01:43AM (1 child)
The sun doesn't fuse very fast. Any given cubic centimeter of it generates roughly as much heat as a cubic centimeter of a rabbit. The sun has a lot of cubic centimeters, our fusion reactors far fewer.
(Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 06 2021, @04:03PM
I don't know about the rabbits on your part of the planet, but over here they aren't at 15 million degrees like the center of the Sun.