Nuclear Energy

nuclear energy

Nuclear Fission – the sustainable clean-energy solution
The power that keeps the lights on and industry running around world comes, in a large part, from nuclear fission, the energy-producing process of splitting the nuclei of heavy isotopes. Currently fission reactors provide some 20 percent of our domestic electricity supply.

EM² - Converting Nuclear Waste into Energy
GA is developing the Energy Multiplier Module -- EM² – an advanced reactor meeting the industry’s biggest challenges including: How to produce economical energy and safely dispose of nuclear waste.


Nuclear Fusion – harnessing the power of the stars on Earth
For decades, GA has been a world leader in fusion research and development. Our work is part of the global effort to recreate the natural energy-making process of the stars, producing a virtually unlimited clean-energy supply.

Magnetic Fusion Energy
Magnetic confinement is based on the physics principle that charged particles tend to follow magnetic field lines, containing the plasma in a doughnut-shaped magnetic vessel like the DIII-D tokamak operated by General Atomics, the largest program of its kind in the nation. Research in DIII-D aims to elucidate the basic physics processes that govern the behavior of a hot magnetized plasma, and to develop a scientific basis for future “burning plasma” devices such as ITER, a Fusion Nuclear Science Facility and ultimately a fusion power plant.

Inertial Fusion Technology
GA is at the forefront of the inertial confinement fusion approach to fusion. The process works by enormous pulses of energy from focused lasers, creating pressures more than a billion times earth's atmosphere to recreate on Earth conditions in the stars. GA-IFT is a major supplier of precision laser targets to the National Ignition Facility in California, and leading research facilities nationwide.

ITER – one the largest international scientific endeavors of our time
The ITER project aims to demonstrate the commercial feasibility of fusion energy, in a scientific partnership that joins 35 nations including the U.S. In addition to its central research and development involvement, GA is building the heart of ITER, its central solenoid that consists of a stack of 110-ton magnets 7-stories high in what will be the world’s largest semiconducting magnet.

Theory and Computational Sciences – advancing fundamental understanding of plasma science
Our physicists and researchers support the Department of Energy in resolving outstanding scientific issues on the path to producing low-cost fusion energy systems.

Fusion Development Facility
The Fusion Development Facility (FDF) mission is to carry forward advanced tokamak physics and enable development of fusion energy applications. The goal is to demonstrate advanced physics operation of a tokamak in a steady state with burn; to develop nuclear fusion technology; and to provide a basis for a fusion DEMO Power Plant in support of ITER and the International Fusion Materials Irradiation Facility (IFMIF).