China creates 'artificial sun' to burn at 100,000,000 degrees

Mindy Sparks
November 15, 2018

That's six times as hot as the center of the actual Sun. Atomic nuclei begin to fuse together releasing huge amounts of energy but without the massive amount of deadly radiation which our existing nuclear fission reactors create.

Chinese researchers pushing to find a major clean energy source have created an incredible artificial sun that can reach temperatures of 100 million degrees Celsius - a heat so intense it makes the real sun seem merely lukewarm. "Besides, nuclear fusion does not produce any radioactive waste, so it is extremely environmentally friendly", said the researchers in a recently issued statement.

Scientists are hoping that at 100 million degrees Celsius they would be able to start a fusion reaction.

The Institute of Plasma Physics, affiliated with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said it has been testing an "artificial sun", known as the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST).

While generating plasma at such high temperatures, there are still many milestones that will need to be overcome before fusion becomes a reliable source of energy.

To harness the energy, the plasma must be suspended inside a reactor. Scientists at Google and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are now working on their own nuclear fusion projects as well.

The goal of the EAST is to understand nuclear fusion and to one day use it as an alternative source of power on Earth.

The artificial sun was designed and constructed by China back in 2006.

What's surprising is that the scientists working there have now claimed to have produced temperatures of 100 million degrees Celsius in the simulator - much more than 15 million degrees Celsius temperature of Sun's core.

Nevertheless, the race to build a fusion reactor is hotting up, with numerous companies now devoting resources towards developing a successful method.

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