Is ITER the way?

By Arthur Katz | October 25, 1992

Inside the Energy Department's experimental tokamak, San Diego. Image courtesy DOE

In September 1958, 61 nations and nine special agencies participated in an Atoms for Peace event in Geneva, Switzerland, filled with exhibits of fusion devices, operating fission reactors, models of nuclear power plants, and a model of an atom smasher. In this atmosphere of cooperation (and competition), the US and the USSR discussed magnetic fusion, a technology considered a source of unlimited energy for the future. Now, more than 30 years later, those discussions have produced a unique experiment in international collaboration, the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactors, or ITER.

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