MIT contributes to the success of the historic fusion ignition experiment

The success of the historical fusion experiment

MIT has contributed to the success of the National Ignition Facility for more than a decade by providing and using dozens of diagnostics, carried out by MIT doctoral students and staff, that have been critical to assessing implosion performance, like a single image. Credit: Image courtesy of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

historic fusion yield of 1.37 megaJoules, as measured by a suite of neutron diagnostics. These included the MIT-developed and analyzed Magnetic Recoil Spectrometer (MRS). This result was published in the journal Physical Review Letters on August 8, the one-year anniversary of the ground-breaking development, unequivocally indicating that the first controlled fusion experiment reached ignition.

A DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.129.075001

Students involved from the MIT Department of Physics were Neel Kabadi, Graeme Sutcliffe, Tim Johnson, Jacob Pearcy, and Ben Reichelt; students from the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering included Brandon Lahmann, Patrick Adrian, and Justin Kunimune.

In addition, former student Alex Zylstra PhD ’15, now a physicist at LLNL, was the experimental lead of this record implosion experiment.

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