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First plasma is nearing for India's superconducting Tokamak

India's Institute of Plasma Research (IPR) is refurbishing their Steady State Tokamak (SS1) to become a superconducting tokamak, ready to steady state operation using and advanced configuration ('D' shaped) plasma. The machine shell has recently been closed, with all the side cryostat panels and cryostat plates being positioned at their nominal positions, and has completed testing of the vacuum vessel and all critical coils.

The IPR reactor is in its final stages of commissioning, according to Dr Subrata Pradhan, the present mission leader of SST-1 project. Now that the integration of the system has been completed, first plasma can be expected as early as within a month from now.

Read more details on the India Times and view photos in the newsletters on the IPR website.