Author Archives: Lynn Provencio

Magneto-Inertial Fusion Technologies, Inc. (MIFTI)

Applying fusion technology to the medical and energy fields MIFTI was founded in 2008 by scientists from the University of California Irvine. For over 25 years, these scientist have researched and refined a method of controlled thermonuclear fusion, based on Staged Z-Pinch. This concept has predicted a net gain of controlled thermonuclear fusion energy that can possibly solve the world’s ... Read More »

Dr. Scott C. Hsu, Los Alamos, NM

Dr. Scott C. Hsu is a plasma and fusion research scientist in the Plasma Physics Group of the Physics Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in Los Alamos, NM. He earned a Ph.D. in Astrophysical Sciences (Program in Plasma Physics) in 2000 from Princeton University, where he made experimental measurements of ion heating due to magnetic reconnection, which is ... Read More »

Japan’s JT-60SA Project

What is JT-60SA? JT-60SA is a fusion experiment designed to support the operation of ITER and to investigate how best to optimise the operation of fusion power plants that are built after ITER. It is a joint international research and development project involving Japan and Europe, and is to be built in Naka, Japan using infrastructure of the existing JT-60 ... Read More »

One step closer to fusion power

Published on Jan 21, 2016 by MIT For the first time, researchers show two types of turbulence within plasma that cause significant heat loss. Solving this problem could take the world a step closer to fusion power which has the promise of limitless and relatively clean energy. (Learn more: Video produced and edited: Melanie Gonick/MIT Plasma simulations and Alcator ... Read More »

Dr. Shalom Eliezer, Rehovot, Israel

Tom Tamarkin, President of USCL and Dr. Shalom and Yaffa Eliezer discuss nuclear fusion energy Dr. Eliezer is a well-known professor and lecturer on fusion science in Europe and Israel. His wife Yaffa is the author of two fiction books published both in English and Hebrew. Dr. Shalom Eliezer is the author of many text books used in graduate level ... Read More »

Wendelstein 7-X: The first helium plasma

On 10th December 2015 the first helium plasma was produced in the Wendelstein 7-X fusion device at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) in Greifswald. After more than a year of technical preparations and tests, experimental operation has now commenced according to plan. Wendelstein 7-X, the world’s largest stellarator-type fusion device, will investigate the suitability of this type ... Read More »

Irvin Lindemuth, Ph.D.

Dr. Irvin Lindemuth is by many measures considered to be the “father” of the Magnetized Target branch of fusion energy research and proposed solutions to commercial power. Recognizing that the facility cost was a large component of the R&D cost which was the principal impediment to the progress of fusion development at the time, around the mid-1990’s, Drs. Irv Lindemuth, ... Read More »

The Taylor Wilson Story

Taylor Wilson, Reno Nevada CBS Video, Scott Pelley and Taylor Wilson 2012 On the Road: Teen is the Mozart of physics CBS News March 30, 2012 Teenage physics wonder turns to nuclear safety Seventeen-year-old Taylor Wilson is like most high school boys. He can only think about one thing. But, the one thing that he’s obsessed about isn’t what you ... Read More »

Strange twisted design could finally make fusion power a reality

Stellarator’ reactor to be turned on for first time: Strange twisted design could finally make fusion power a reality, say scientists It is an alternative to the common donut-shaped Tokamak reactor design W7-X reactor claims to be safer and more effective at containing plasma Device is currently awaiting regulatory approval for startup in November Read More »

Is that so much to ask?

A Princeton plasma physicist is at the beach when he discovers an ancient looking oil lantern sticking out of the sand. He rubs the sand off with a towel and a genie pops out. The genie offers to grant him one wish. The physicist retrieves a map of the world from his car an circles the Middle East and tells ... Read More »

The Science Of Back To The Future: Where’s My Mr. Fusion?

Forbes Carmen Drahl Oct. 15, 2015 Today, the future is now— for fans of the Back to the Future trilogy, at least. October 21, 2015 marks the day when Marty McFly and Emmett “Doc” Brown touched down in their DeLorean time machine, flying in from 30 years in the past. “Back to the Future”‘s DeLorean time machine, with Mr. Fusion ... Read More »

Power Masters™ Game Series

An ancient civilization is visited by celestial travelers. These aliens from another galaxy offer your city forms of power in exchange for gold. The game objective is to acquire more gold and power resources to expand your city and its population. Your game starts with a set amount of free gold bars. You can acquire additional gold bars in several ... Read More »

Millennium Falcon vs. The Stellarator Oct. 24, 2015 by Darren Beyer If you found your way to this site, then you probably know the Millennium Falcon, the iconic spaceship depicted in the Star Wars films. The Stellarator is likely just slightly less well known, though bears an uncanny resemblance, as pointed out in this AAAS Science Magazine article. In this post I will compare ... Read More »

Supercomputing for nuclear fusion | Santiago Badia

Fusion can change humanity forever by giving us a clean and unlimited source of energy, says Santiago Badia, from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona Tech (UPC), Spain. Badia introduces some of the challenges of working to make safe, efficient nuclear fusion a reality by 2040 at the World Economic Forum. Read More »

Mr Fusion

Tech Financials Oct. 21, 2015 Even with the reality-check that comes with a few decades’ physics experience, I still dream of a world where Mr Fusion, a kitchen appliance-style home nuclear power generator, provides cheap and clean energy for everyone. Such an invention could enable some of the more speculative ideas in BTTF2, plus a whole bunch of innovations not ... Read More »

Sun to Sun – The Need for Fusion Energy

This video explains the need for fusion energy to meet the world’s energy needs. At 1 minute into this short video, Dr. Albert Einstein explains in his own voice the solution to today’s global warming debate and the solution to energy production for all people on Earth for eternity. At 2 minutes, this video explains that today we depend on ... Read More »

Fusion Energy in India’s Long-Term Energy Future

John Sheffield May 2003 This research was sponsored by the Office of Fusion Energy Sciences, U. S. Department of Energy, under contract DE-AC05-00OR22725, with UT-Battelle, LLC. Joint Institute for Energy and Environment 314 Conference Center Building Knoxville, TN 37996-4138 Phone: (865) 974-3939 Fax: (865) 974-4609 URL: E-mail: ABSTRACT World population is still increasing, driving a demand for more ... Read More »

KSTAR Project

National Fusion Research Institute The next Generation Superconducting nuclear fusion research(KSTAR) 1. What is KSTAR (Korean Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research)? KSTAR, a tokamak-typed nuclear fusion reactor, is being developed by the researchers and scientists of NFRI, Korea, and will be the cornerstone of constructing a Korean fusion power plant. It was December 1995 when the construction of KSTAR started, and ... Read More »

EUROfusion REALISING FUSION ELECTRICITY BY 2050 In 2014, 29 research organisations and universities from 26 European countries plus Switzerland signed the EUROfusion consortium agreement. In addition about 100 Third Parties contribute to the research activities through the Consortium members. EUROfusion collaborates with Fusion for Energy (Spain) and intensively supports the ITER International Organization (France). EUROfusion, the ‘European Consortium for the ... Read More »

Institute for Plasma Research

Institute for Plasma Research is an autonomous R & D organization under the authority of Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India situated near west banks of river Sabarmati in Gujarat, India. This institute is largely involved in theoretical and experimental studies in plasma science including basic plasma physics, magnetically confined hot plasmas and plasma technologies for industrial application. ... Read More »

ITER the way to new energy

ITER If you haven’t heard about ITER, chances are you will soon. The scale and scope of the ITER Project rank it among the most ambitious science endeavors of our time. Building began in 2010 on the ITER platform in Cadarache, France where 35 nations are collaborating to realize the world’s largest tokamak fusion device. 100,000 kilometres 100,000 kilometres of ... Read More »

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

KIT The KIT Nuclear Fusion Programme integrates the KIT activities related to the development of technologies for a fusion reactor. Fusion energy is associated with the wish to supply a safe and environmentally compatible source of energy that decisively contributes to covering the electricity consumption of mankind for several centuries. Under the Nuclear Fusion Programme, major systems and components for ... Read More »

Jülich Forschungszentrum

Jülich Bringing the Solar Fire to Earth: Fusion Research On the way towards an international fusion reactor In the south of France, the international fusion reactor known as ITER is currently being constructed. For fusion researchers worldwide, this is the most important large-scale experiment, as ITER will be the first reactor to generate 500 million watts of fusion power in ... Read More »

Max Planck Institut fur Plasmaphysik

Max-Planck-Institut fur Plasmaphysik IPP is concerned with investigating the principles underlying a power plant, which – like the sun – will produce energy from the fusion of light atomic nuclei. Read More »

German Federal Ministry of Education & Research

German Federal Ministry of Education & Research Fusion Research – how the sun and stars produce energy Fusion, that is, the merging of atomic cores, is the process by which the sun and the stars produce their energy. It is an ancient dream of mankind to “bring the sun down on earth” and to make use of this energy. Fusion ... Read More »

Helmholtz Association

Helmholtz Association The Programme “Nuclear Fusion” This programme collaborates with European and international partners on the development of a fusion power plant. The Nuclear Fusion programme is aligned with the European Roadmap to the Realization of Fusion Energy, which forms the basis of the organization and distribution of tasks across the European fusion programme. In this context, the Helmholtz Association ... Read More »

Culham Centre for Fusion Energy

CCFE Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) is the UK’s national laboratory for fusion research. CCFE (formerly known as UKAEA Culham) is based at Culham Science Centre in Oxfordshire, and is owned and operated by the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority. The 80-hectare site just south of Oxford was previously HMS Hornbill, a Fleet Air Arm airfield. Its conversion to ... Read More »

University of Sydney Fusion Plasmas

University of Sydney Fusion energy research in the School of Physics focuses on Inertial Electrostatic Confinement (IEC). This approach enables fusion to be carried out on a bench top while still enabling the physics of larger fusion devices to be studied. The approaches used to study the physics of IEC use optical diagnostics such as emission and laser spectroscopy amongst ... Read More »

The Australian Plasma Fusion Research Facility

APFRF The Australian Plasma Fusion Research Facility (APFRF, formerly the National Plasma Fusion Research Facility) is a uniquely versatile plasma research facility, located in the Research School of Physics and Engineering within the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra. The H-1 heliac is the Australian focus of basic experimental research on magnetically confined plasma, important in developing fusion energy, a ... Read More »

Road Map of Chinese Fusion Research and the First Chinese Fusion Reactor- CFETR

Yuanxi Wan University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China Institute of Plasma Physics, CAS Hefei, China E-mail: or 30th April – 2nd May 2013 Physikzentrum Bad Honnef, Germany 531st Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Seminar on 3D versus 2D in Hot Plasmas This presentation discusses the Chinese need for fusion and other types of energy, current projects ... Read More »

Fusion energy with Professor Steven Cowley

Professor Steven Cowley from the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, winner of the 2012 Glazebrook Medal awarded by the Institute of Physics for his leadership of the UK’s fusion energy programme and his seminal contributions to plasma and fusion science. The JET and MAST tokamaks at Culham Laboratory in Oxfordshire are the most successful fusion machines on the planet. “When ... Read More »

A Star on Earth

At the Energy Department’s Princeton Plasma Physics Lab, scientists are trying to accomplish what was once considered the realm of science fiction: create a star on Earth. The National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX) is a magnetic fusion device that is used to study the physics principles of spherically shaped plasmas — hot ionized gases in which, under the right conditions, ... Read More »

Faster fusion

Faster fusion exhibit at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2015:…. Discover the promise of fusion power. Visit the Faster fusion exhibit at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2015: Read More »

China spends big on nuclear fusion as French plan falls behind 23 July 2015 China’s will be bigger and better (Image: David Parker/SPL) The world’s largest nuclear fusion machine, currently being built in France, is unlikely to produce more energy than it consumes until the early 2030s, warned the UK’s head of fusion research this week. That is five years later than planned – by which time China could be ... Read More »

Boeing patents laser-powered fusion-fission jet engine (that’s truly impossible)

ARS Technica Sebastian Anthony (UK) – Jul 12, 2015 Lasers fuse hydrogen, causing uranium to fission, which generates electricity. Zzzap! The pellet/hohlraum is imploded by lasers, causing the hydrogen isotopes to fuse. Hot gasses rush out the back of the engine, creating thrust. The uranium-238 coating is bombarded with neutrons from the fusion reaction, starting a fission reaction. Coolant behind ... Read More »

Boeing Patents Laser Triggered Nuclear Fusion Powered Jet Engine

Techworm BY MAYA KAMATH ON JULY 15, 2015 Patent awarded to Boeing for laser-triggered nuclear fusion powered jet engine, but will Boeing build one? Boeing’s Robert Budica, James Herzberg, and Frank Chandler applied for a patent for building a laser and nuclear driven airplane engine which got its approval last week from the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Airplane ... Read More »

Boeing just patented this awesome laser-powered nuclear fusion engine design

Digital Trends By Drew Prindle — July 13, 2015 Satellite Plasma Thruster Boeing definitely has no shortage of crazy, ambitious, and downright ridiculous ideas. Many of these never make it past the conceptual phase, but the company’s latest one might actually become a reality at some point in the future. Boeing has recently been awarded a patent for a super-efficient ... Read More »

Boeing Rocket Engine Patent: United States Patent 9,068,562

United States Patent 9,068,562 Budica , et al. June 30, 2015 Laser-powered propulsion system Abstract A propulsion apparatus includes a propellant, at least one laser, and a thrust member. The propellant includes a solid surface having a hollow core disposed within the solid surface and a thrust-producing medium disposed within the hollow core. The at least one laser is positioned ... Read More »

Boeing just patented a jet engine powered by lasers and nuclear explosions BENJAMIN ZHANG, July 7, 2015 Last week, the US Patent and Trademark Office approved an application from Boeing’s Robert Budica, James Herzberg, and Frank Chandler for a laser- and nuclear-driven airplane engine. With airplane makers constantly on the lookout for new and more efficient ways to power their products, this laser engine is the latest idea cooked up by ... Read More »

Boeing Patents Laser Nuclear Fusion Jet Engine

IEEE Spectrum Evan Ackerman, 10 Jul 2015 Image: United States Patent and Trademark Office This is one of those patents that absolutely in no way signifies that the company who files it is working on the thing that the patent is patenting. Because we can assure you, Boeing is not* actively developing a laser-triggered fusion powered jet engine. But that ... Read More »

Iran Working on Fusion

Iran News Agency Tehran, May 5, IRNA – Head Iran’s Nuclear Fusion Research Center reiterated here on Tuesday that the nuclear fusion science has been made indigenous in Iran today and achieving any objective in the field is possible now. The Vice President and Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi and a group of ... Read More »

Fusion Startups Seek Star Power

A growing number of private players like Lockheed Martin and Helion Energy believe they can commercialize fusion energy within a decade, promising a carbon-free energy source with effectively limitless fuel. But there’s considerable skepticism in the scientific community that these upstarts can achieve such ambitious timelines — or whether they can pull off fusion at all. Read More »

Cross Fire Fusion technology

Crossfire Fusion CF Fusion technology: The CrossCrossFire Fusion – BoltFire Fusion Reactor is a concept that uses steady-state magnetic fields to confine radially, and helicoidal moving magnetic forces to accelerate and trap axially plasma of electrically charged ions, in an energy-efficient way to ignite fusion reactions, but allowing the charged byproducts to escape longitudinally to the outputs to be converted ... Read More »