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This paper reviews the status of fusion research based on magnetic confinement and the European strategy for achievement of the construction of a prototype electricity generating reactor. Plasmas with thermonuclear parameters have been produced in several tokamaks. The size and plasma-current capability of a tokamak fusion test reactor can now be defined with a good degree of confidence. It is, therefore, now possible to adopt, as the next major goal for fusion research, the achievement of self-sustained thermonuclear burn of a D-T plasma and its control during long pulse operation. This requires a Next-Step tokamak.

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Authors: GASPAROTTO M, ENEA, Centro Ricerche Energia Frascati, Roma (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: 6th International Symposium on Radiation Physics, Rabat (MA), July 18-22, 1994
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 38638 ORA
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