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Thermonuclear fusion holds great promise as an important energy source for the future. The European Community fusion programme embraces all activities in the field of magnetic confinement fusion in the member states, to which Sweden and Switzerland are fully associated. The long-term objective of the programme is the joint creation of safe, environmentally sound prototype reactors. The main R&D line is fusion by toroidal magnetic confinement on the basis of the tokamak concept. Several small and medium sized specialised devices have been built as well as the Joint European Torus (JET Joint Undertaking) which is the largest and the most successful fusion device in the world. Recently, fusion power in the megawatt range has been achieved in JET. Engineering design activities for an International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) are undertaken, under the auspices of the IAEA, by the European Community, Japan, the Russian Federation and the United States of America.

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Authors: BRUHNS H, CEC Bruxelles (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: 8. Conferência Nacional de Física, Vila Real (PT), September 15-18, 1992
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 37296 ORA
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