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Program in fusion energy attracted interns’ eyes

 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— A bold plan paid off this past summer when Sandia National Laboratories staff members LaRico Treadwell and Khalid Hattar combined their passions for increasing inclusion of people of color with developing materials to eventually derive energy from nuclear fusion. Standing to benefit from the pilot project were three undergraduate interns from North Carolina […]

Sandia magnetized fusion technique produces significant results

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories’ Z machine have produced a significant output of fusion neutrons, using a method fully functioning for only little more than a year. The experimental work is described in a paper to be published in the Sept. 24 Physical Review Letters online. A theoretical PRL paper to be […]

Fusion instabilities lessened by unexpected effect

Control of widely recognized distortion may allow greater output at Sandia’s Z machine ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A surprising effect created by a 19th century device called a Helmholtz pair offers clues about how to achieve controlled nuclear fusion at Sandia National Laboratories’ powerful Z machine. A Helmholz coil produces a magnetic field when electrified. In […]

High-impact Sandia physicist publishes technical, yet personal, memoir

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The swan song of retiring Sandia physicist Tom Sanford is in a technical, yet personal, memoir about experiments that changed the course of research at particle accelerators around the world. His experiments in the mid-1990s made the Z accelerator a more effective candidate to achieve peacetime fusion energy — a goal pursued […]

Dry-run experiments verify key aspect of Sandia nuclear fusion concept

Scientific “break-even” or better is near-term goal ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Magnetically imploded tubes called liners, intended to help produce controlled nuclear fusion at scientific “break-even” energies or better within the next few years, have functioned successfully in preliminary tests, according to a Sandia research paper accepted for publication by Physical Review Letters (PRL). To exceed scientific […]