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Fusion News: The Times of Trenton – Princeton Plasma Physics Lab celebrates 20th anniversary of world record

Fusion News: The Times of Trenton – Princeton Plasma Physics Lab celebrates 20th anniversary of world record

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20 years ago, scientists and engineers had broken a world record with the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor by producing more than 3 million watts of fusion energy with tritium. As reported by the Times of Trenton in the article “Princeton Plasma Physics Lab celebrates 20th anniversary of power surge that broke a world record“:
The TFTR ran with tritium from 1993 until it was decommissioned in 1997, Gentile said. The achievement laid the foundation for the development of fusion energy in facilities such as ITER, the vast international experiment being built in France to demonstrate the feasibility of fusion power, he said.
The breakthrough paved the road for new developments in the field of fusion research.

But Princeton Plasma Physics Lab wouldn’t be making such progress without the initial TFTR experiment that helped physicists understand physics and engineering, Gentile said. “The data collected from TFTR was integrated into the next generation of fusion devices,” he said. “A higher plasma capability will allow us to explore and establish a foothold to produce electricity.”

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