China to create ‘artificial Sun’ in 2019

China has almost completed the development of a device that will mimic the nuclear fusion process the real Sun uses to generate energy, RIA Novosti reports citing Duan Xuru, an official at the China National Nuclear Corporation.
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Physicists hope that the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) reactor will help them get a source of almost infinite energy.
According to Xuru, once completed, Tokamak will be able to achieve an ion temperature of 100 million degrees Celsius, which is about 7 times hotter than the real Sun’s ion temperature. The achievement of that temperature is a must for the development of a fusion reactor.
Last fall, Chinese scientists managed to achieve electron and ion temperatures of 100 and 50 million degrees Celsius in plasma, respectively.


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