Plasma center control room
Here is the control room for the test nuclear fusion reactor, where experiments are regularly done for MIT students and researchers. The tests, which are run by two people, generate data on the temperature and magnetic field inside the reactor as well as the properties of the high-temperature plasma. Each "shot" lasts only a few seconds and it takes about 15 minutes for the reactor to cool down for the next shot.
One of the high-level goals of these tests is to figure out an operating mode that removes particles which can "poison" the fusion process.
June 29, 2011 8:42 AM PDT
Photo by: Martin LaMonica/CNET
| Caption by: Martin LaMonica
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