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Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor

Photo Date: 11 June 1981
Photo Number: 114 013 002

In operation since 1983, the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor (TFTR) has set a number of world records, including a plasma temperature of 510 million degrees centigrade -- the highest ever produced in a laboratory, and well beyond the 100 million degrees required for commercial fusion. In addition to meeting its physics objectives, TFTR achieved all of its hardware design goals, thus making substantial contributions in many areas of fusion technology development. The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) is the only U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratory dedicated to the development of fusion energy science.

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