In the RSE NNC RK, a research program is being implemented in accordance with the Intergovernmental Agreement on Joint Use of the KTM Tokamak signed by the CIS countries on May 26, 2017 in Kazan.
The RSE “National Nuclear Center of the Republic of Kazakhstan” and the RSE “Institute of Nuclear Physics” take part in research program from the Kazakhstani side. Leading scientific organizations in the field of controlled thermonuclear fusion take part in research from the Russian Federation: SRC Kurchatov Institute, Yoffe PTI, Red Star JSC, NRNU MEPhI, TPU.
Within the framework of the program stages planned for 2019-2020, joint research on plasma physics is being conducted, the operating modes of all technological systems of the KTM Tokamak are being tested, the KTM plasma control system is being set up, unique devices and technologies are being developed, such as a lithium divertor, a coaxial plasma accelerator for working gas preionization systems, material probe for studying the plasma-wall interaction.
On the part of the Republic of Belarus, the SSI “JIPNR-Sosny” of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus takes part in research on the program. The main area of work is the creation of an Internet resource for the collection, storage, processing and exchange of research information on various tokamaks; creation of a GRID-integrated data processing system.
To date, the program has shown its effectiveness and good results, which are published in prestigious journals in direction of controlled thermonuclear fusion. On November 20, 2019, the final stage of the physical start-up of the KTM Tokamak was carried out with participation of specialists from SRC Kurchatov Institute.
The CIS Economic Council approved the research program on March 2, 2018.
The Intergovernmental Agreement on Joint Use of the KTM Tokamak was signed on May 26, 2017 in Kazan, the Russian Federation.
The six countries signed the Intergovernmental Agreement: Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Tajikistan. The main goal of the Agreement is to create a mechanism for research at the Kazakhstani materials testing tokamak by scientists from different CIS countries. The Agreement creates a legal basis for joint use by specialists of a unique experimental complex in Kazakhstan. The administration of the R&D Program passes through the Secretariat of the ATOM-CIS Commission with annual reporting at a session of the ATOM-CIS Commission.
Currently, a joint research program is under development on the KTM Tokamak for 2021-2023, which is expected to be approved at a meeting of the CIS Economic Council in 2020.