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.
Major changes were afoot for EFDA ten years ago, as ten countries signed a treaty to join the European Union.
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 […]
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 […]
JET, the current largest operating fusion experiment in the world, came to life with the first plasmaon June 25 1983. On that day the plasma current (which characterises the confinement properties of the machine) reached 16 kiloamps, and JET went on to achieve one mega-amp (1MA) only a few months […]