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WEST’s First Plasma

​The WEST tokamak produced its first plasma on December 14, 2016 and is now preparing to test key components for ITER.

Published on 5 January 2017

​This milestone caps off a long list of operations carried out since 2013 by the Tore Supra reactor. Preparations on the machine continue in light of a first experimental campaign scheduled for spring 2017. WEST will enable CEA and its domestic and international partners to validate technology "building blocks" for the ITER project.

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