Plasma Physics Laboratory (Saskatchewan)

Plasma Physics Laboratory (Saskatchewan)

The Plasma Physics Laboratory at the University of Saskatchewan was established in 1959 by H. M. Skarsgard. Early work centered on research with a Betatron.


  • Facilities 1
    • STOR-1M 1.1
    • STOR-M 1.2
  • References 2
  • External links 3



STOR-1M is Canada's first tokamak built in 1983. In 1987 STOR-1M was the world’s first demonstration of alternating current in a tokamak.[1]


STOR-M stands for Saskatchewan Torus-Modified. STOR-M is a tokamak located at the University of Saskatchewan. STOR-M is a small tokamak (major radius = 46 cm, minor radius = 12.5 cm) designed for studying plasma heating, anomalous transport and developing novel tokamak operation modes and advanced diagnostics. STOR-M is capable of a 30–40 millisecond plasma discharge with a toroidal magnetic field of between 0.5 and 1 tesla and a plasma current of between 20 and 50 kiloamperes. STOR-M has also demonstrated improved confinement induced by a turbulent heating pulse, electrode biasing and compact torus injection.


  1. ^ O. Mitarai et al. 1992 Nucl. Fusion 32 1801-1809,

External links

  • Official website
  • Akira Hirose Awards for STOR-M