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Latest ITER Newsline

  • Toroidal field coils | Finishing touches on site

    Between the time a toroidal field coil is delivered to ITER and the moment it is ready to enter the pre-assembly process, certain tasks must be performed: the w [...]

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  • Cryostat base insertion | "A moment that will live in our memories"

    In the closing scene of the 1977 movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind, an alien spaceship hovers above an anxious and awestruck crowd of scientists and engi [...]

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  • Cryogenics | As dry as He can get

    Before it gets processed in the cold boxes of the ITER cryoplant, gaseous helium need to be perfectly dry—and this means removing every single water molecule th [...]

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  • Electron cyclotron transmission lines | Design phase ends

    US ITER is ready to start manufacturing high-power microwave transmission lines for the electron cyclotron resonance heating system. After several years of d [...]

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  • Gyrotrons | Russia completes four

    Gyrotrons (from the Greek 'gyro' (circle) and 'tron' (abstracted from electron) are the energy-generating devices of the electron cyclotron resonance heating sy [...]

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Summer postcards

ITER Communication

A building that, from a certain angle, looks like the bow of a spaceship; a handling tool that evokes a mechanical Titan, slowly opening and closing giant arms; a steel-lined room that seems to open out onto the star-studded firmament; an intricate mass of pipes, pumps and tanks resembling the innards of a large marine creature ... All in all, the ITER worksite can be an astonishing visual experience.

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This last issue of Newsline before our traditional summer break (we'll be back on 3 September) offers a guided tour of the main activities underway on site: the building of the "crown" on the floor of the Tokamak Building; the fabrication of the first poloidal field coil and the cryostat; and ongoing works in the cryoplant and Assembly Hall.

To this visual journey, we've added a brief report on the recent visit of the US Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry. Like many, he was positively impressed by what he saw.


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