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  • Fuelling fusion | The magic cocktail of deuterium and tritium

    Nuclear fusion in stars is easy: it just happens, because the immense gravity of a star easily overcomes the resistance of nuclei to come together and fuse. [...]

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  • 360° image of the week | The cryoplant

    Cryogenics play a central role in the ITER Tokamak: the machine's superconducting magnets (10,000 tonnes in total), the vacuum pumps, thermal shields and so [...]

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  • Central solenoid assembly | First sequences underway

    What does it take to assemble the magnet at the heart of ITER? Heavy lifting, unerring accuracy, and a human touch. The central solenoid will be assembled from [...]

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  • Assembly | The eyes of ITER

    Supervisors ensure compliance and completion as machine and plant assembly forges ahead. In Greek mythology, Argus was considered an ideal guardian because his [...]

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  • Component repairs | Removing, displacing and disassembling

    A good repair job starts with a cleared workbench, the right tools on hand and a strong vise. This axiom, true for odd jobs in a home workshop, is also true for [...]

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Fusion research benefits society (1/4)

Developing fusion science, engineering and technology to a point where fusion energy can be supplied to the grid is one of the most exciting challenges of the 21st century, and potentially one of the most rewarding.

Small and large advances are being made daily. Improvements in industrial processes, new materials, innovative remote handling technologies and computer modelling techniques ... these products of fusion R&D at the cutting edge of science and technology are not only benefitting the fusion development effort, but also society at large through spinoff technologies.

In a new series of videos produced by the European Commission, we're introduced to some of the factories, businesses and laboratories that are creating spinoff applications that interest the aerospace, biomedical, and telecommunications industries.

The first of the series takes us to the EPFL institute in Switzerland, where work on ITER's powerful plasma heaters (gyrotrons) has led to the mastery in the domain of high frequency electromagnetic waves. A spinoff company, Swissto12, now supplies components for terahertz signal transmission—an area of the electromagnetic spectrum that cannot be transmitted by any conventional technology.



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