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Japan Readies Helical Device to Probe Steady-State Plasmas

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Science  20 Mar 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5358, pp. 1846
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5358.1846

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TOKI, JAPAN-- Japan's effort to understand and harness the power that drives the stars will take a big step forward on 31 March when plasma physicists here initiate production of the first plasma in a fusion reactor that is the largest of its kind. The $650 million Large Helical Device at Japan's National Institute for Fusion Science is the next step in making this type of reactor a contending design for a commercial fusion power plant and marks the newest component in what is arguably the world's most ambitious fusion research program.