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China's Artificial Sun achieves fusion break through




Chinese scientists have succeeded in obtaining a high-confinement plasma that replicates the energy-generating process of the sun for a record length of time.


Experts believe that the recent experiment by the China's Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST ) will help development of international thermonuclear fusion research. 


The experiment demonstrated the sustainability of plasma in the H-mode confinement regime, lasting overone minute. This achievement will be key to the success of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor(ITER), the largest international program dedicated to thermonuclear fusion experiments. It also marks a major step forward for fusion studies.


Officially established in 2006, the EAST fusion reactor is run by the Institute of Plasma Physics in Hefei, which aims for plasma pulses lasting up to 1,000 seconds.

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