Big news from MIT today. Their fusion test reactor the Alcator c-mod has set a new record for plasma pressure at 2 atmospheres.
It’s also a sad announcement, this record was set on the last day of operation of this device. Funding was cut in 2012 because of The United States’ existing commitment to fund the ITER project in Provence.
Last week the NSTX at Lawrence Livermore was taken offline by a damaged toroidal coil. Now with alcator c-mod retired the US is left with only one functioning fusion facility, the DIII-D run by general atomics in san Diego.
The fusion department at MIT is run by Dennis Whyte who is overseeing the construction of MIT’s ARC reactor, an affordable and easy to maintain fusion reactor. Also a tokamak.