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  • GA Researcher Chosen for NIF Discovery Science Experiment

    The next round of Discovery Science Program experiments at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s National Ignition Facility (NIF) will further explore plasma astrophysics, hydrodynamics, nuclear physics, equation of state, material science, and particle acceleration. One key effort will be examining Magnetized Rayleigh-Taylor morphology, under principal investigator Mario Manuel, a scientist with San Diego’s General Atomics. This will be the first Discovery Science experiment to use external magnetic field capabilities developed on NIF for magnetic laser inertial fusion and Discovery Science.

  • A Hot Pursuit to Understand Ion Cyclotron Emission

    The tokamak approach to magnetic confinement fusion uses a toroidal solenoid to confine high temperature plasmas. With peak plasma temperatures above 100 million degrees Celsius, no physical measurements are possible beyond the very edge of the devices. The unique diagnostic challenges of tokamak experiments are being overcome by a talented group of early career researchers keen to develop fusion energy. DIII-D post-doctoral researcher Kathreen Thome is studying how particles travel through fusion plasmas using high frequency magnetic fluctuations known as ion cyclotron emission (ICE).

  • General Atomics Scientist Honored for Achievements in Fusion Engineering

    Fusion Power Associates recently awarded General Atomics scientist Wayne Solomon the annual Excellence in Fusion Engineering Award for his work in fusion plasma diagnostics and his leadership as the Deputy Director of the DIII-D National Fusion Program.

  • Statement from GA on the Release of the Final Report of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on a Strategic Plan for Burning Plasma Research

    General Atomics (GA) Energy Group Vice President Jeff Quintenz released the following statement regarding the final report from the National Academy of Sciences’ (NAS) Committee on a Strategic Plan for Burning Plasma Research.

    “General Atomics strongly supports the conclusions of the NAS committee. We thank the committee members for their thorough review and thoughtful recommendations on the future of U.S. development of fusion energy,” Quintenz said. 

  • Optimizing Key Plasma Physics Code for Latest-Gen Nvidia GPUs Yields Threefold Increase in Processing Speed

    Experts at General Atomics have achieved a major improvement in processing speed for an important plasma physics code by working with experts from Nvidia to optimize it for operation on the latest GPU-based supercomputers. This three-fold increase in processing time for the latest CGYRO code, used to simulate turbulent behavior of confined plasmas, was made possible by acquiring hardware similar to that used in the Summit supercomputer now being developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Working on the system allowed GA researchers to test and validate their approach before deployment – an approach that could prove valuable for researchers in a variety of fields preparing for work on the next wave of supercomputing.

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