Researchers from China's Hefei Institutes of Physical Science announced that China’s ‘artificial sun’ just became the hottest known nuclear fusion experiment on Earth.
In fact, the plasma in this experiment is reaching 100 million degrees Celsius. Our solar system’s real Sun is only about 15 million degrees. The artificial Sun is a popular name given to one of the most promising nuclear fusion experiments to date, developed in a ‘Tokamak’reactor. The walls of a tokamak are built to absorb the massive amounts of heat from the continuous splitting of atoms in the reactor’s core. This is now hot enough for nuclear fusion. The Institute of Plasma Physics, affiliated with the Chinese Academy of Sciences said the project also provides an important technological basis for mankind's development of clean nuclear energy.
The special reactor
A such device could continuously provide clean energy for humanity. Achievements realized will provide important and direct experience for the construction of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), a large international scientific project that is a global collaboration of 35 countries including China, Russia and the US.The longest recorded reaction is was at the Tore Supra tokamak in France (also known as WEST), for 6 minutes and 30 seconds in 2003.