Fusion Energy

Tracking tungsten

Nuclear fusion offers the tantalizing possibility of clean, sustainable power – if tremendous scientific and engineering challenges are overcome. One… Read More

November 20, 2019

Fusion’s path to practicality

California company TAE Technologies Inc. subscribes to a fail-fast approach in its quest for commercially viable nuclear fusion energy. “It’s… Read More

June 19, 2019

Dramatic flares

In July 2012, a powerful solar storm almost struck Earth. Scientists estimate that had the storm, called a coronal mass… Read More

September 27, 2017

Mathematical match

Mathematicians Miranda Holmes-Cerfon and Antoine Cerfon first forged a bond as undergraduates studying abroad in Singapore. Their common love of… Read More

June 18, 2014

Fusion heats up

For more than half a century, scientists and engineers have pursued the promise of nuclear fusion power with a plan that… Read More

December 31, 2013

Sun-power seed

Part of the Science at the Exascale series. If clean, abundant energy from nuclear fusion – the process that generates the… Read More

May 26, 2011

Edgy energy

For almost 30 years, scientists have been unsure how the tail wags the dog in fusion energy reactors. That is,… Read More

September 11, 2009

Plotting plasmas

What University of California at Los Angeles mathematician Russel Caflisch does is like trying to grab a handful of fire. Caflisch… Read More

July 31, 2007

From deep freeze to furnace

Ravi Samtaney’s work is a study in extremes. His computer codes simulate what happens when pellets of hydrogen isotopes frozen… Read More

June 4, 2007

Code collaboration

Ravi Samtaney knew computer resources beyond anything practically available would be required to run codes he designed to simulate a… Read More

June 4, 2007