Fusion Technologies

Magnetic fusion research at GA has led to vital scientific discoveries as well as spinoff technologies that have advanced the state of the art in medical diagnostics, transportation, semiconductors, electronics, and defense applications. GA operates the DIII-D National Fusion Facility, the largest magnetic fusion research facility operating in the U.S., for the Department of Energy. GA is also a key partner in ITER — one of the largest scientific programs in history — which seeks to demonstrate the scientific and technological feasibility of fusion power, a potentially limitless source of clean energy. From these initiatives, GA has developed a comprehensive portfolio of fusion and magnet technologies and services that it provides to both public- and private-sector clients.

Magnet Technologies
GA is fabricating the Central Solenoid for the international ITER project, an unprecedented scientific partnership that aims to demonstrate the feasibility of fusion power as a clean-energy resource on a global scale.

  • Coil Winding
  • Coil Joining
  • Superconducting Coil Heat Treatment
  • Coil Insulation
  • Cryogenic Systems & Cold Testing

Tokamak Operations and Engineering
GA provides a wide array of fusion technology products from gas injection systems to diagnostics and imaging.

  • High-Power Neutral Beam Injector Systems
  • Electromagnetic Simulations
  • Cryogenic Systems
  • Vacuum Systems
  • Mechanical Systems
  • Control Systems

Plasma Control
GA supplies design resources, technologies, and integrated systems for control of magnetic fusion plasmas, to government and private laboratories worldwide. GA has adapted and deployed its DIII-D Plasma Control System at more than a dozen toroidal magnetic confinement facilities including NSTX, Pegasus, and MST in the United States, and EAST, KSTAR, KTX, and MAST in Asia and Europe.

Microwave Technologies
General Atomics’ decades of work on magnetic fusion have made us a world leader in high-power microwave technologies, particularly with microwave control and transmission. In addition to plasma heating for fusion devices, high-power microwaves may be used in applications such as advanced radar systems, electronic warfare, and materials treatment. GA has developed a full array of corrugated waveguides and components for such applications. In addition, we have expertise in designing end-to-end high-power and low-power transmission systems.