20/05/2013: CCFE gets the Gold again
CCFE has won a second consecutive Gold Award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.... Read more.
10/05/2013: Opening the door to JET restart
The countdown to JET's next run of tests is on, as CCFE engineers move the facility into restart.... Read more.
Papers by CCFE researchers have been featured in the 2012 highlights of three leading publications.... Read more.
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Focus on...Inside out: how the cameras roll on JET
The video camera is a ubiquitous tool of modern life. But what role does it play in studying the inside of a large fusion experiment?
Every time a plasma is created inside JET, it is filmed by many different cameras and relayed to the control room.
This real-time visual image allows engineers and scientists in the control room to observe each plasma as it is created, and often gives an immediate indication of any unusual events.
Filming of the pulses in normal visible light is made by an ‘off the shelf' video camera – the kind your favourite technology store would sell for around £500, but with £100,000 of bespoke wide angle specialist optical equipment. Read the full article...