Another successful experimental period have been finished on the German fusion device, Wendelstein 7-X. Plasma discharges longer than ever have been recorded by the video diagnostic and beam emission spectroscopy developed by Wigner Research Centre.
The restarted experiments in July was preceded by half-year improvements from the Wigner Plasma Physics Department, which is discussed in more detail here.
One of the goals of Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X) was to achieve longer plasma discharge during the 2017/18 experiments. In the last week before the end of the experiments, a record-length 100 second long plasma was also achieved.
Footage from previous experiments can be seen below..
In the total of 1519 so-called “shots” only video diagnostics (altogether 11 cameras) collected approximately 55 TB data, the analysis of which will take months.