Japan has successfully activated its new fusion reactor, JT-60SA, which uses superconducting magnets to confine a hot plasma in a doughnut-shaped chamber. The reactor, the largest and most advanced in the world, aims to study the physics of fusion energy and support the international ITER(International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) project in France.

The first plasma was achieved on October 26, 2023, after more than 15 years of construction and testing. “This proves to the world that the machine fulfills its basic function,” said Sam Davis, a project manager at Fusion for Energy. This EU organization collaborates with Japan’s National Institutes for Quantum Science and Technology (QST) on JT-60SA and related programs.

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