Nuclear fission is the energy-producing process which takes place when nuclei of heavy isotopes split and generate energy in a nuclear reactor.
EM² - Converting Nuclear Waste into Energy
General Atomics is developing the Energy Multiplier Module, or EM2, a small, modular, nuclear reactor that addresses one of the most challenging problems associated with nuclear energy: what to do with nuclear waste.
Nuclear Fusion is the energy-producing process which takes place continuously in the sun and the stars. Today, we are closer than ever to creating that same power here on earth. Nuclear fusion produces minimal waste and offers an almost limitless supply of safe, dependable energy.
Inertial Fusion Technology
Inertial confinement fusion keeps the plasma together by inertial forces alone. This requires enormous pulses of energy from a number of focused lasers or particle beams.
Magnetic Fusion Energy
Magnetic confinement uses the physics principle that charged particles tend to follow magnetic field lines, thereby containing the plasma in a "magnetic vessel."
Theory and Computational Sciences
The General Atomics Theory and Simulation of Fusion Plasmas Program (GA Theory Group) supports the Department of Energy, Office of Fusion Energy Sciences' (OFES) overarching goals of advancing fundamental understanding of plasma science, advancing understanding and innovation in high-performance fusion plasmas, including burning plasmas, and resolving outstanding scientific issues and establishing reduced-cost paths to more attractive 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).
ITER is a joint international research and development project that aims to demonstrate the scientific and technical feasibility of fusion power.