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  • Video | How does the ITER cryoplant work?

    Cold is essential to ITER—10,000 tonnes of superconducting magnets, the thermal shield that surrounds the machine, the cryopumps that achieve the high vacuum in [...]

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  • Component logistics | Consistency "from the cradle to the grave"

    There's a fun and easy way to demonstrate the importance of having all ITER parts properly tagged and identified in storage—organize a workshop and ask four com [...]

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  • Image of the week | Brewing storm

    In Provence, one gets tired of blue skies... so when the opportunity arises to capture the ITER site plunged in the darkness of an approaching storm, we rush to [...]

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  • Toroidal field coils | First cold test in Europe

    The first ITER toroidal field coil winding pack has spent nearly 20 days in a specially conceived cryostat at minus 193 °C (80 K), in a cold testing operation t [...]

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  • Central solenoid | All conductor received

    Officials from the US and Japanese fusion energy programs were at General Atomics' Magnet Technologies Center in California in early May to celebrate the delive [...]

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Of Interest

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Billions and billions of fusion furnaces



In the observable Universe, most of the matter is in a state of fusion.

At the core of billions and billions of stars (a few hundred thousand billion in our Milky Way alone!) hydrogen nuclei are patiently transformed into helium, inundating their environment with light and energy.

Based on the largest image of the Andromeda Galaxy ever made — so large that it would require 600 large-screen HDTVs to view it in real size — the video that NASA released a few days ago shows just a few (a mere hundred million) of these blazing fusion furnaces.




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