Fusion research and the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, Oxfordshire

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Fusion research and the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, Oxfordshire

  • 30 November 2011 14:33
Work on the UK's world-leading nuclear fusion research programme, based at Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) in Oxfordshire, was placed on hold today after the two large tokamaks (ring shaped magnetic confinement devices), essential to the programmes, were out-of-action when over 200 Prospect members at CCFE and the neighbouring Civil Nuclear Constabulary took part in the strike.
Both the MAST (Mega Amp Spherical Tokamak) device, at the heart of the UK's own fusion programme, and the JET (Joint European Torus) - the world's largest tokamak driving Europe's flagship experiment - were put into a safe standby mode preventing work from being carried out in operational areas.

Katherine Beirne