Physicists in South Korea have discovered an artificial source of clean nuclear energy by launching a strong nuclear reaction that produces temperatures seven times that of the Sun. This discovery of creating an “artificial sun” represents a significant advance in their study, states a report by New York Post.
According to scientists at Seoul National University and the Korea Institute of Fusion Energy, the Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research (KSTAR) reactor peaked at a temperature of over 100 million degrees Celsius for about 30 seconds, reaching this milestone for the first time ever. The outlet added.
A video of KSTAR heating up to extreme temperatures was shared on YouTube on Friday by a page called Science Alert.
“Ion temperature shown in color over a period of 24 seconds, achieved by Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research (KSTAR),” reads the caption of the post.
According to Post, charge-exchange spectroscopy, ECE, TS and Mirnov coil signals are transformed into audible sound, so that one can diagnose plasma through sound.
The center of the actual Sun reaches a temperature of about 15 million degrees. The process of joining atomic nuclei observed in stars by self-heating of matter in the plasma state is known as nuclear fusion. The study, which seeks to mimic the Sun’s natural processes, is considered a milestone in the field. NY Post Said further.
By the end of the year, South Korean researchers want to maintain the plasma temperature above 100 million degrees for 50 seconds and by 2026, they intend to achieve the same temperature for 300 seconds.