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  • Cryostat | As clean as a freshly minted coin

    Before it is encased in its protective cocoon and moved to temporary storage, the cryostat upper cylinder must be cleaned. The operation is both low-tech and es [...]

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  • Top management | Alain Bécoulet, Head of Engineering

    When Alain Bécoulet embraced plasma physics back in the mid-1980s as a student at France's prestigious École Normale Supérieure, he did it for two reasons: one [...]

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  • Science | New steady state analysis

    Recent research shows it should be possible to reach steady-state fusion production in ITER with the baseline mix of heating and current drive systems, in parti [...]

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  • Image of the week | Like dancers in a vertical ballet

    Of all the movements of workers and equipment in the Assembly Hall, these are the most gracious... Like ballet dancers on a vertical stage, two workers are b [...]

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  • Cryostat base | Grand opening soon

    Picture a giant soup plate, 30 metres in diameter, slowing descending into a deep concrete cylinder. Track the near imperceptible movement of the double overhea [...]

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Of Interest

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Château ITER



Will it be full-bodied or lean? Hearty or perfumed? Mineral or fragrant? No one knows yet, for First Harvest, like First Plasma, is still years away. One thing is certain however: considering the diminutive size of the vineyard, Château ITER will be a cuvée reserved for a happy few.

Planting six rows of vines close to the ITER Headquarters' entrance was the idea of architect Tilman Richert (Rudy Ricciotti's deputy). Along with a selection of fruit trees (cherry, almond, fig and pear trees) they epitomize the traditional Provençal landscape, better and more accurately than the usual lavender and thyme.


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