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TSS DEBUTS IN CHINESE:South Korea’s artificial sun has set a new record for 30 seconds of operation




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A Team of South Korean researchers has managed to keep an artificial sun orbiting at 100 million degrees Celsius for 30 seconds, beating the previous record of 20 seconds, according to reports.


In this vacuum, a nuclear fusion process similar to that of the Sun takes place, producing temperatures eight times hotter than the sun.


KSTAR scientists have taken an important step forward, the report said, adding that the lift is the result of further optimization of magnetic field conditions and heating systems. The team is said to be aiming to sustain the plasma for 300 seconds in 2026 by upgrading the power supply and passing it through a tungsten shunt.


The superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research (KSTAR), also known as South Korea’s “artificial sun,” completed construction in 2007 and produced its first plasma in 2008.


In the 2018 experiment, KSTAR allowed plasma to run continuously at temperatures of 100 million degrees Celsius for the first time (controlled fusion is only possible if plasma is heated above 100 million degrees Celsius).


In addition, China is also carrying out research on the “artificial sun” project. As early as 2006, China completed the “Eastern hyperring”, which is known as China’s “artificial sun”.


On May 28, 2021, the Oriental hyperloop successfully achieved a repeatable plasma operation of 120 million degrees Celsius for 101 seconds and 160 million degrees Celsius for 20 seconds, extending the original record of 100 million degrees Celsius for 20 seconds by five times and achieving a historic moment.


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