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India becomes full partner in fusion project ITER

archived | Year of physics 2005Press releases
Yesterday, India was welcomed as a full partner to the international fusion energy project ITER. This decision was taken on December 6th, 2005, at the...

Interview with JD Lawson

archived | Year of physics 2005
John D Lawson, well known for his derivation of the Lawson criterion - a fundamental criterion (or principle) in fusion research - originally trained...

50 years of Lawson criteria

archived | Year of physics 2005
"In a terrestrial reactor of controllable size (...) it does not seem possible to contain neutrons, but it is not inconceivable that the charged...

Success of T-3 – breakthrough for tokamaks

archived | Year of physics 2005
"Measurements have been made of the electron temperature and density of the plasma in the toroidal discharge apparatus Tokamak T3 at the Kurchatov...

JET demonstrates alpha particle heating

archived | Year of physics 2005
In a magnetic confinement fusion reactor the plasma self-heating is provided by "alpha particles" - charged fusion products. JET unambiguously...

Discovery of E=mc2

archived | Year of physics 2005
Albert Einstein was only 26 when he published the brief, 3-page article that announced the equivalence between mass and energy, known today as E=mc2...

Discovery of the energy source in stars

archived | Year of physics 2005
“A star is drawing on some vast reservoir of energy by means unknown to us. This reservoir can scarcely be other than the sub-atomic energy which,...

The ITER initiative

archived | Year of physics 2005
“The two leaders emphasized the potential importance of the work aimed at utilizing controlled thermonuclear fusion for peaceful purposes and,...

Growth of European fusion collaboration

archived | Year of physics 2005
“Let me go back to 1958 when EURATOM was constituted having fusion as a modest element of the initial research programme. In September of the same...

Origin of the word “plasma”

archived | Year of physics 2005
“We noticed the similarity of the discharge structures. (…) Langmuir pointed out the importance and probable wide bearing of this fact. We...

Discovery of the high confinement mode

archived | Year of physics 2005
“At t=1.18 s, the density suddenly increases without modifications from the external controls. The gas valve closes, but nevertheless the...

Nobel Lecture of Hannes Alfvén

archived | EiroforumPress releases
“It was the wonders of the night sky, observed by Indians, Sumerians or Egyptians, that started science several thousand years ago. It was the...

"Physics and Life"-Teachers Meet Scientists at Major EIROforum event

archived | Press releasesEUROfusion
Year-long educational programme culminates at ESA 's ESTEC site with the unique "Physics on Stage 3" festival during the European Science and...

Fusion Down Under

archived | EiroforumPress releasesFusion Spin-Off
Fusion research at EFDA-JET was featured on prime-time New Zealand TV this week in a breakfast TV item by Pat Pilcher, a Wellington based journalist...

"Physics and Life" for Europe's Science Teachers

archived | Press releases
The EIROforum Contribution to the European Science and Technology Week 2003