Fusion Energy Spinoffs

Medical/Health

  • MRI-Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Laser surgery and tissue welding
  • Diabetes  treatment (continuous glucose monitor)
  • Skin disinfection
  • Tumor reduction
  • Wound care, including on battlefields
  • Dentistry (imaging, treatment for tooth decay and periodontal disease)
  • Cancer fighting (proton beam therapy)
  • Laser cavity drilling
  • Medical isotope separation and production
  • X-ray catheter
  • Blood clot treatment
  • Grain sterilization and milk pasteurization (pulsed-power  gammas)

Technology

  • Advanced semiconductor chips and integrated circuits
  • Plasma electronics - including plasma flat-panel TVs
  • Microwave plasma light source
  • Micropower impulse (hand-held) radar
  • Plasma propulsion
  • Superconductivity
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)
  • Superconducting cyclotrons for isotope production and neutron radiography
  • Superconducting synchrotrons for X-ray lithography
  • Magnetic separation of materials (e.g. clay)
  • Defense: Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch Systemea (EMALS) for aircraft carriers

Environmental cleanup/Safe destruction of surplus weapons

  • Toxic waste destruction
  • Microwave cleaning and contamination removal
  • Electron beam destruction of chemical waste
  • Reducing auto pollution (microplasmatron fuel convertor)
  • Smokestack emissions monitor
  • Reducing vehicular pollution (fuel convertor)
  • Corrosion monitor for furnaces
  • Plasma torch
  • Waste vitrification
  • Isotope separation
  • Plasma-assisted catalyst

Transportation/Pulse power

  • MagLev trains
  • IGBT power conversion units for trains, buses, wind turbines and earth movers
  • Space propulsion (magneto plasma thrusters)

Improvements in materials

  • Optical coatings
  • Ion implantation for hardening of materials
  • Ultraviolet drying of inks, coatings and adhesives
  • Microwave and RF sintering of ceramics
  • Production of synthetic diamond films
  • Polymer films
  • Alloys
  • Ceramics
  • Superconductors
  • High heat flux materials

Contributions to science

  • High-performance supercomputers and networking communications
  • Computational science
  • High-density matter physics
  • Atomic physics and X-ray lasers
  • Space plasma physics
  • Nonlinear dynamics and chaos
  • Plasma physics