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Posted at: Oct 16, 2015, 2:09 AM; last updated: Oct 16, 2015, 1:11 AM (IST)

Thapar University scientist to work on nuclear fusion programme

Tribune News Service

Patiala, October 15

The Department of Atomic Energy has handpicked a Thapar University scientist to work on nuclear fusion programme in collaboration with experts from the department’s Institute of Plasma Research.

Dr Rana Pratap Yadav of the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Thapar University, Patiala, has been awarded a research grant of Rs 34.35 lakh to improvise on a device that uses electromagnetic fields to produce fusion energy for generating electricity.

The magnetic fusion device, “Tokamak”, has been a focus for extensive research world over, and will emerge as the energy option of the future by 2050. “Tokamak” aims at determining the economic and technological viability of using fusion energy to greater effect to produce electricity.

Elaborating on his research project, Dr Yadav said: “Replicating the fusion reaction, which powers the sun, where two light atomic nuclei of deuterium and tritium are fused to form a heavier atom of helium, requires a phenomenally high temperature of 110 million degrees Celsius. This fusion reaction can be experimentally achieved in a “Tokamak”, which attains this temperature through various methods of heating and uses magnetic fields to contain the hot deuterium-tritium plasma. I am specifically working on the Ion Cyclotron Resonance Frequency (ICRF) heating method, which holds a lot of promise.”

Dr Yadav will develop a high-powered mock-up ICRF system to demonstrate the technique.

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