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  • Gravity supports | First production unit in China

    Bolted in a perfect circle to the pedestal ring of the cryostat base, 18 gravity supports will brace the curved outer edge of each toroidal field coil. These un [...]

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  • Conference | Fun-filled vacuum

    The science of ITER is not simple. But with a bit of imagination (and a dose of humour) a way can be found to convey the most complex physics notions to a publi [...]

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  • Naive question of the week | What happens to the car keys?

    We begin today a new series that aims to answer basic, even naive, questions about fusion and ITER. An image used often, when trying to convey the amount of e [...]

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  • Metrology | Facing the millimetre test

    In the realm of the very large at ITER, some of the biggest challenges are lurking down in the millimetre range. Within the Assembly Building a massive struct [...]

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  • Fusion research in Europe | Working it out together

    In Europe, fusion research is structured around a goal-oriented roadmap that closely involves universities, research laboratories and industry. Sibylle Günter, [...]

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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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