Wendelstein 7-X now ready for virtual tours!

A trip into the plasma vessel / 360-degree panorama of the fusion device at Greifswald

November 29, 2017

The new 360-degree panorama featured on the internet pages of Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) leads right into the plasma vessel of the Wendelstein 7-X fusion research device at Greifswald.

The address www.ipp.mpg.de/panoramaw7x takes observers on an extraordinary tour to the core of the device, otherwise accessible only to experts; they can stroll through the experimentation hall and view the facilities that heat the plasma to many millions of degrees.

By way of PC, tablet or smartphone they can cast an eye at every angle and zoom in on even tiniest details. Short videos in which IPP scientists describe their workplaces are started and stopped by mouse click; info panels can be slotted in to explain important components. The panorama was recorded by Munich photographer Volker Steger, who had already done the panorama of IPP Garching’s ASDEX Upgrade fusion device (www.ipp.mpg.de/panorama).

The objective of IPP’s research is a fusion power plant to derive energy from fusion of light atomic nuclei, just as the sun does. At Garching IPP also operates the ASDEX Upgrade experiment, a large-scale device of the tokamak type. IPP’s branch institute at Greifswald is conducting research on the large Wendelstein 7-X stellarator. As of now both devices are accessible at any time for a virtual tour.

Isabella Milch

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