Session Leader Maximos Tsalas shows Paul-Henri Rebut the infra-red camera view of JET. "It was a pleasure and an honour to have this ten minute chat with Monsieur Rebut"

How far we have come

Two days of celebrations took us from JET’s first pulse – a tiny blip on an oscilloscope – to its current role as the biggest tokamak in the world.

JET celebrates JET – and ITER

The world’s largest fusion device, the Joint European Torus (JET), has passed a landmark 30 years of operation – but researchers are firmly focused on JET’s continuing role as a test bed for the international fusion experiment ITER, being built in the south of France.

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Recollections of JET – Phil Morgan

Phil Morgan recalls how the torus assumed a crazy angle during the first plasma… Filmed at the time of the 25th anniversary in 2008

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Recollections of JET – Michel Huguet

Michel Huguet recalls ten years leading up to JET’s first plasma, from the very first design team meetings in 1973, through to last minute problem solving days before the event. Filmed at the time of JET’s 25th anniversary in 2008.

Ten years ago ten new countries joined the European Union.

10 new countries

Major changes were afoot for EFDA ten years ago, as ten countries signed a treaty to join the European Union.

BBC news report on the first tritium experiment on 1991

The first ever tritium experiment – BBC news 1991

The first tritium experiment conducted in 1991, as covered by the BBC news.  This report on the Preliminary Tritium Experiment (or PTE) was broadcast around the world.

JET Vessel, 1991

1991: Fusion power is born

Fusion power was born with the first D-T experiment 20 years ago.

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2004 Anniversary

On 20th May, 2004, JET celebrated its 25th Anniversary of the Laying of the JET Foundation Stone and the 20th Anniversary of the Official Opening of JET.


32 years ago

On 18 May 1979, Dr G. Brunner, the then European Communities Commissioner responsible for energy research, education and science, laid the foundation stone of the JET laboratory. In 1979 the Joint European Torus was an 11-nation project comprising Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg, France, Netherlands, West Germany, Denmark, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland, and […]

Look back in delight

The celebration on that sunny day brought together over 130 people with diverse backgrounds and ages: engineers, physicists, students, postgraduates, retired staff, and three of the five directors who all made Europe’s largest Fusion Device become such a successful world-class experiment. Hans-Otto Wüster, JET’s very first director, was represented by […]