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FUSION EXPO

An exhibition on research into controlled thermonuclear fusion "Harnessing the Energy of the Sun" will be open to the public in Brussels (Parc du Cinquantenaire 11) on 25-28 November 1993.

The fusion exhibition, which was first shown at CERN, Geneva, during the summer of 1993...

25 November 1993 - 25 November 1993
Belgium

An exhibition on research into controlled thermonuclear fusion "Harnessing the Energy of the Sun" will be open to the public in Brussels (Parc du Cinquantenaire 11) on 25-28 November 1993.

The fusion exhibition, which was first shown at CERN, Geneva, during the summer of 1993, is produced by the Euratom-Suisse Association and Microcosm-CERN with the financial support of the European Atomic Energy Agency (Euratom).

Some eighty panels will be on display, together with interactive multimedia items, videos, experimental equipment and mock-ups.

An introductory section shows how young stars burn their fuel (hydrogen), and introduces the principles supporting the feasibility of a fusion reactor. The history of fusion research and the conceptual fields involved are outlined.

The second area of the exhibition deals with magnetic confinement research, explaining tokamaks, stellerators and reversed field pinches, as well as current trends of strong interest such as plasma heating, plasma purity and refuelling. Several of the displays are devoted to European research under Euratom while others describe the world's main installations. The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) is included.

Further sections present inertial confinement fusion and also the reactor and environmental aspects, especially in the context of ITER. Remote handling, use of tritium, radioactivity, and the development of superconductors (required for the production of a high magnetic field) are examined.

An interactive multimedia exhibit illustrates how the two main research concepts (magnetic and inertial confinement) have developed in response to the basic fusion requirements, and underlines the importance of international cooperation in developing this long-term energy source for humanity. A series of videos from the different laboratories throughout the world are also shown.

After its public opening in Brussels (as part of the "European Week of Scientific Culture"), FUSION EXPO will tour exhibition sites in Europe for two or more years.

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