Recently, China has named a new world record in its latest science experiment – “Artificial Sun”. China’s Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) broke the World record by achieving a plasma temperature of 120 million degrees Celsius for almost 2 minutes (101 seconds).
As per reports, the experts working on the experiment “Artificial Sun” were able to touch 160 million degrees Celsius for 20 seconds, and before this, the earlier record was set by Korea’s KSTAR reactor which achieved the plasma temperature of 100 million degrees Celsius for 100 seconds.
Basically, the purpose of the Tokamak device is to produce the nuclear fusion process so as to get unlimited energy without creating much radioactive waste. This device is made to replicate the nuclear fusion process that occurs naturally in the sun and stars to provide the maximum clean energy through controlled nuclear fusion, which is often labeled as “Artificial Sun”.
This whole experiment is being conducted at the Institute of Plasma Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (ASIPP) in Hefei.
In a conversation with Global Times, the director of the physics department of the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, Li Miao said “The breakthrough is significant progress, and the ultimate goal should be keeping the temperature at a stable level for a long time”.
And if we talk about reports, the device has distinct magnetic coils, to sustain hydrogen plasma’s superheated streams for a long time in order to let the reactions take place.
So, as mentioned in the article, we’ve talked about China’s Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) that has set a new mark in its quest for a fusion reactor, generated a plasma temperature of 126 million degrees Fahrenheit (120 million °C) for 101 seconds and the experts didn’t stop there. They also managed to actuate the artificial sun to achieve 160 million °C for 20 seconds. The previous record maintained was 100 million °C for 100 seconds by Korea.
That’s absolutely a great achievement. I hope you enjoyed reading this article. Don’t forget to drop your views on this ‘new world record’ in the comment section and till then stay tuned for further updates.