China’s Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (see photo below) at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Plasma Physics in Hefei has begun producing results.

The facility’s director, Jiangang Li, says that EAST was designed to explore high-performance plasmas under steady-state conditions and that it can serve as a support facility for ITER, the international fusion reactor under construction in Cadarache, France. Like ITER, EAST uses superconducting magnets, and it can provide “important information for the ITER design, construction, and exploitation.” Already, Li adds, EAST has demonstrated ways to start up the plasma and to condition the tokamak walls such that impurity release is minimized.

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