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Fusion News: ARS Technica – Fusion reactor achieves tenfold increase in plasma confinement time

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Work is currently underway to develop the next generation of fusion reactors to try and contain the heat from fusion reactions, according to a report by ARS Technica titled “Fusion reactor achieves tenfold increase in plasma confinement time“:
For that reason, work is proceeding apace on the next generation of fusion reactors. Researchers at the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) in Hefei, China, achieved a significant improvement in its confinement time and the density of the plasma it held. This step is necessary to maintain the appropriate conditions for fusion as well as to reduce the damage the hot plasma causes to the reactor walls. As described by J. Li and colleagues, the latest run at EAST achieved a plasma pulse lasting over 30 seconds, a record achievement that simultaneously demonstrated improvements in heat dispersal.
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