With production of the first plasma, today experimentation on Garching’s ASDEX Upgrade fusion device has now been resumed. After an eight-month conversion IPP scientists now can experiment with ASDEX Upgrade under conditions that will prevail in the ITER international test reactor.
The contract for developing an important diagnostic method for the ITER international test reactor went to IPP at Garching: With a total of 4.8 million euros the European ITER Fusion for Energy Agency will be funding development of so-called bolometer cameras for recording the heat and X-radiation emitted from the ITER plasma.
The last open seam on the steel outer cover of the Wendelstein 7-X fusion device was closed last week. The core of the research device is thus ready as basic skeleton and can go into operation at the Greifswald branch institute of IPP in 2014.