Wendelstein 7-X produces first hydrogen plasma

Official ceremony on February 3, 2016

Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel will switch on the first hydrogen plasma on 3 February 2016 at a ceremony attended by numerous guests from the realms of science and politics. This will mark the start of scientific operation of Wendelstein 7-X.

The world’s largest and most modern fusion device of the stellarator type has already been working with a helium plasma as preparation for the first hydrogen plasma since the beginning of December 2015. The objective of fusion research is to derive energy from fusion of atomic nuclei just as the sun does.

The programme

2:45 p.m.

Welcome address
Prof. Sibylle Günter, Scientific Director of the IPP


Creating a stellar machine.
Assembly of the Wendelstein 7-X stellarator

3:00 p.m.


Words of greeting
Erwin Sellering
Minister-President of the State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

3:05 p.m.


Dr. Angela Merkel (invited)
Chancellor of the Federal Rupublic of Germany

3:25 p.m.

from the control room

3:35 p.m.

Switching on the first hydrogen plasma

3:50 p.m.  


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