New glass sensors for commercial nuclear fusion viable

March 30, 2023 – A new generation of durable sensors capable of monitoring commercial nuclear fusion reactors in real time is being developed by a team led by Bangor University in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University. The team plan to identify whether glass sensors developed in 1960s could function in the extreme conditions of a nuclear fusion reaction. If not, the researchers will design and develop new glass sensors. The two-year research project is funded through UK Research and Innovation’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. It involves Bangor and Sheffield Hallam Universities, the University of Birmingham, the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Rutherford Appleton Laboratory as well as a number of commercial partners.

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