Fusion research is driven by the applied goal of energy production from fusion reactions. There is, however, a wealth of fundamental physics to be discovered and studied along the way. This Commentary discusses selected developments in diagnostics and present-day research topics in high-temperature plasma physics.
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This study was exclusively financially supported by the Russian Science Foundation, project 14-22-00193. I acknowledge the long-term collaboration between NRC 'Kurchatov Institute', Russia, Kharkov Institute of Physics and Technology, Ukraine, and CIEMAT, Spain and the joint HIBP team.
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Melnikov, A. Applied and fundamental aspects of fusion science. Nature Phys 12, 386–390 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1038/nphys3759
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