The tokamak EAST fusion reactornicknamed the ‘Chinese artificial sun’, has achieved a plasma temperature of 120 million degrees Celsius for a period of 101 seconds. Chinese scientists established a new world record in the latest reactor experiment, carried out this May 28, a key step towards the performance test of a fusion reactor, reports Xinhua.
The breakthrough was announced by Gong Xianzu, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Plasma Physics (ASIPP), who is in charge of the experiment conducted in Hefei, capital of Anhui province in eastern China.
The experiment in the experimental advanced superconducting tokamak (EAST), or the “Chinese artificial sun”, went so far as to record a plasma temperature of 160 million degrees Celsius, although with a duration of 20 seconds. EAST is the first fully superconducting tokamak with a non-circular cross section.