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This Chinese Fusion Reactor Just Burned Hotter Than the Sun

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The experiment was conducted in China’s Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak, a doughnut-shaped fusion reactor that uses magnetic fields to keep the plasma at bay.

chinese sun reactor

Source: Twitter @CQEnergy

The other week, a German reactor was able to produce plasma, but only for a fraction of a second, making the Chinese attempt even more impressive.

So what’s next? By 2025, scientists hope to be able to maintain the plasma for as long as 30 minutes.

chinese sun final

Source: Twitter @Technodechina

Sustaining plasma is one of the biggest challenges in fusion technology. While they don’t expect to be producing energy from their studies any time soon, scientists hope to use contained models such as the experiments in the EAST reactor to build larger versions, such as the Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor in France.

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