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China's 'Artificial Sun' Sees Ground-Breaking Progress

by Bidita Debnath on  February 5, 2016 at 11:51 PM Research News   - G J E 4
In Hefei, capital city of east Anhui province, a team of Chinese scientists has made an unprecedented breakthrough on an energy generation device that will bring it one step closer to transforming energy into stable, sustainable and controllable resources.
 China's 'Artificial Sun' Sees Ground-Breaking Progress
China's 'Artificial Sun' Sees Ground-Breaking Progress
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Towards the end of January, the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) fusion device, nicknamed "artificial sun", made a 102-second-long pulse plasma discharge at a central electron temperature of 50 million degrees-plus, the People's Daily reported. This is the longest plasma discharge time recorded in all the Tokamak fusion devices in the world.

‘Chinese scientists have made a breakthrough on an energy generation device that will transform energy into stable, sustainable and controllable resources.’
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Led by the Chinese scientists at the Institute of Plasma Physics under the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Heifei, the EAST fusion device has brought it one step closer to the goal of 1,000-second-long pulse plasma discharge at a central electron temperature of 100 million degrees-plus.

The name "artificial sun" was given because the aim of the device is to generate energy like the sun. Under high pressure and high temperature, fusion reactions will take place from inside to outside of the "artificial sun". Such fusion reactions will give rise to a great deal of energy to enable the "artificial sun" continuously emit light and heat.

However, fusion reactions on the Sun are uncontrollable and destructive, just like h-bomb explosion seen on the earth. EAST serves to transform such energy into a stable, sustainable and controllable resource.

Source: IANS
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