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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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Of Interest

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A partially obscured fusion furnace



Once a plasma enthusiast, always a plasma enthusiast... Jean Jacquinot, former director of JET and of the French CEA Research Department for Controlled Fusion (and now an advisor to ITER Director-General Bernard Bigot) began his career in fusion in the mid-1960s. When he retired some forty years later he found himself a new passion: astrophotography. On Friday 20 March he took this striking image of our own familiar fusion furnace as it was partially obscured by the moon. (Note the small solar flare on the lower right of the Sun edge.)


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