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Two approaches towards controlled thermonuclear fusion are being pursued at present: one based on inertial confinement and the other on magnetic confinement. A major step would be the construction of the core of a first reactor. The magnetic confinement programme is preparing to take this step with the most advanced concept for magnetic confinement, namely the toroidal tokamak, of which JET is the largest in operation. The basic principles of nuclear fusion are outlined and the tokamak approach to magnetic confinement is described. The status of tokamak research is presented briefly, and a definition of a first reactor is also included.

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Authors: KEILHACKER M ET AL., JET Joint Undertaking, Abingdon, Oxon. (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: Report: JET-P(93)56 EN (1993) 13 pp.
Availability: Available from the Publications Officer, JET Joint Undertaking, Abingdon, Oxon. OX14 3EA (GB)
Record Number: 199311235 / Last updated on: 1994-11-29
Original language: en
Available languages: en