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A Glimpse into TEXTOR's Vacuum Vessel

Our research focuses on the extraction of energy from the vacuum vessels of fusion reactors. Extremely high thermal loads occur here that future power plants will have to withstand in continuous load operation if they are to be economically viable. We investigate the materials suited to this purpose and analyse their interaction with hot fusion matter, both independently and in collaboration with leading fusion experiments all over the world


Zahlreiche Gäste bei der 30-Jahr-Feier für TEXTOR

30 Years of TEXTOR

TEXTOR was Jülich’s large-scale fusion experiment for 30 years. The results obtained made a significant impact on international fusion research. Guests from all over the world took part in the official function at Forschungszentrum Jülich today to mark the anniversary, and, at the same time, the shutdown of the experiment in December 2013. Together with Jülich scientists and their partners, they looked back on more than a quarter of a century of fusion research at Jülich. More: 30 Years of TEXTOR …

Der Schalter wird umgelegt

TEXTOR: The End of an Era

After 30 years of successful operation, the Tokamak TEXTOR has been shut down in December 2013. Jülich fusion research now turns its full attention to material issues and problems associated with continuous operation of a fusion reactor. After the very last plasma discharge, a handle was switched symbolically to mark the transition to the new research focus. More: TEXTOR: The End of an Era …

Jülicher Plasmaphysiker bauen Mess-System für ITER

Juelich's Role in ITER

Forschungszentrum Jülich will lead a consortium of European partners to design a measuring system for the fusion experiment ITER. The facility is currently under construction in Cadarache in the south of France as part of a major international cooperation. The consortium signed a Framework Partnership Agreement with the European Union’s Joint Undertaking for ITER and the Development of Fusion Energy (F4E) to develop the ITER core plasma Charge Exchange Recombination Spectroscopy (CXRS) diagnostic. This measuring system will help determine the composition and temperature of the plasma in the vacuum vessel. The Framework Partnership Agreement runs for four years with an F4E contribution of 4.9 million euros. More: Juelich's Role in ITER …