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  • Department of Energy Highlights DIII-D Research

    The U.S. Department of Energy recently highlighted two papers on research conducted at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility, both of which seek to advance our knowledge of fusion energy and how it could become a future energy source. In one, researchers explored a new approach that would reduce internal turbulence and heat loss in a tokamak reactor without rotation, a longstanding challenge that could help ease the way to energy production. In another, researchers used powerful microwave beams to control problematic Alfvén waves in plasmas

  • Nanoglue Bonding by iCVD (Initiated Chemical Vapor Deposition)

    A team from GA's Inertial Fusion Energy group recently published a paper in Advanced Engineering Materials demonstrating a reactor to vapor coat surfaces with extremely thin adhesive layers to bond materials with sub-micron gaps. GA scientist Greg Randall was lead author on the paper, which was highlighted in Advanced Science News.

  • General Atomics Researcher Discusses Fusion Science in KPBS Podcast

    General Atomics researcher Cami Collins is featured on a new podcast from KPBS called Rad Scientist. The series features researchers from the San Diego area talking about their work pushing the frontiers of human knowledge. Collins talks about her research exploring fusion energy at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility.

  • Former General Atomics SULI intern Wins APS Essay Contest with History of GA Fusion Program

    Ryan Chaban, a 2016 Summer Science Undergraduate Laboratory Intern (SULI) at General Atomics in San Diego, has won the inaugural History of Physics Essay Contest held by the American Physical Society for his essay “Doublet Dudes: Shaping the Future of Fusion,” a history of the efforts of GA scientists Dr. Tihiro Ohkawa and Torkil Jensen in advancing the science of fusion plasmas.

  • ITER Reaches 50% Completion Mark on the Path to First Plasma in 2025

    The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), a project to prove that fusion power can be produced on a commercial scale and is sustainable, is now 50% built to initial operation. ITER will use hydrogen fusion, controlled by a massive superconducting magnet being fabricated by General Atomics in San Diego, to produce heat energy. In the commercial machines that will follow, this heat will drive turbines to produce electricity.

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