Created the most powerful electromagnet on Earth, intended for thermonuclear reactor

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Researchers have built the most powerful high-temperature superconducting electromagnet on Earth designed to contain plasma in the thermonuclear reactor.

Thermonuclear synthesis is the most pure way to produce energy. Since to maintain the self-sustaining process of fusion of atoms, the plasma must be very hot,

Due to the lack of suitable magnets for this purpose, there were previously some doubts about the timing of the implementation of major projects of thermonuclear energy such as ITER. Now a group of scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, together with Commonwealth Fusion Systems, presented the first large high-temperature superconducting electromagnet, which can maintain the field strength up to 20 T.

This is the highest indicator for this type of devices ever created on Earth. At the same time, each of the 16 of its plates, folded together, individually can also be considered the most powerful high-temperature superconducting magnet in the world.

The created device will become part of the tokamak of a small experimental thermalone power plant SPARC, which is planned to be built in 2025.

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