Record The superconducting advanced research device Tokamak, a superconducting fusion device also known as the Korean synthetic sun, is in South Korea A new world record as it successfully maintained a high temperature plasma for 20 seconds with an ion temperature in excess of 100 million ° C.
Scientists at the Korean superconducting research facility Tokamak broke their own record set in 2019 by keeping the plasma ion temperature above 100 million degrees for 20 seconds.
The KSTAR Research Center at the Korea Institute for Fusion Energy (KFE) announced that it had succeeded, in joint research with Seoul National University SNU and Columbia University in the United States, in continuous operation of the plasma for 20 seconds with an ionic temperature higher than 100 million degrees Celsius, one of the prerequisites for fusion Nuclear in the KSTAR Plasma 2020 campaign.
To recreate the fusion reactions that take place in the Sun on Earth, isotopes of hydrogen must be placed inside the fusion apparatus, such as KSTAR, to create a plasma state in which ions and electrons are separated, and the ions must be heated and maintained at high temperatures.
There have so far been other fusion devices that have been able to briefly administer the plasma at temperatures of 100 million degrees or higher, but none breaks the barrier of maintaining the process for 10 seconds or more.
Scientists are essentially trying to recreate the conditions inside our sun, and doing so on Earth’s surface was a tedious attempt, but it gives scientists an opportunity to study the behavior of plasma and take various readings.
The research aims to harness the energy of fusion, which could completely revolutionize how the world gets its power if such a breakthrough could be achieved.
The team is advancing rapidly in researching sun-like fusion reactions, and after just two years of achieving the superheated state of plasma, the team extended the time period it could maintain from 1.5 seconds to 20 seconds.
The KSTAR Research Center aims to succeed in continuous operation for 300 seconds with an ion temperature above 100 million ° C by 2025.