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At 100 million degrees, South Korea's 'artificial sun' sets new record

Dec 29, 2020 16:54 IST

Scientists from South Korea have set a new world record for high-temperature sustained plasma by managing to light up an 'artificial sun' at over 100 million degrees (Celsius) for a record 20 seconds. 

The team reportedly used a superconducting fusion device known as KSTAR (or Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research), also known as an 'artificial sun' to achieve the feat. 

The Korean Institute of Fusion Energy (KFE) operates KSTAR with the goal of achieving fusion ignition for 300 seconds at a time, a report said. Adding that the ultimate goal is to make nuclear fusion power a reality, which could potentially be an unlimited source of clean energy if it works as intended.

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