GUWAHATI, April 7 - Physics Academy of North East (PANE) celebrated its foundation day in collaboration with the Department of Applied Sciences, Gauhati University at the Gauhati University Institute of Science and Technology (GUIST) here on Friday.
Prof Dhiraj Bora, Vice-chancellor, Assam Science and Technology University (ASTU), Guwahati, delivered the foundation day lecture on the topic �Burning plasma experiment as next step in fusion�.
Prof Bora, in his speech, put emphasis on seeking new and cleaner sources of energy and said controlled thermonuclear fusion could act as an alternate form of clean energy in the coming decade. He explained how superhot plasma could be contained in a magnetic bottle and burnt following the safety conditions to generate huge amounts of energy to be used by mankind for peaceful purposes. He also discussed about Aditya, the medium-sized Tokamak, that had been installed at the Institute of Plasma Research, Gandhinagar. He elaborated in detail on the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor project, which was an international collaboration, to build the first fusion experiment capable of producing a self-sustaining fusion reaction called burning plasma at power levels of around 500MW. India is also a part of this international project.
As a full partner of the collaborating countries in ITER, India will supply around 9 per cent of the reactor components made by Indian industries on the design made by the ITER team.