Lorne Horton, Head of the JET Department in EFDA , comments on the recent Nature article.
Scientists at JET, the world’s largest fusion energy research facility, have been deliberately melting parts of their own machine as they test materials for the fusion reactors of the future. These apparent acts of scientific vandalism are actually courageous experiments which have yielded valuable information for ITER.
Every component going into JET goes through the beryllium handling facility for a security screening and a passport check
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.
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.
Happy 30th anniversary JET!
Phil Morgan recalls how the torus assumed a crazy angle during the first plasma… Filmed at the time of the 25th anniversary in 2008
A team of explorers has been sent to the heart of JET…
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.
Maintenance completed, pump down has commenced on a “cleaner than expected” JET torus.