NEWS: Technology & engineering

MIT fusion collaboration receives renewed funding

As part of an initiative to support the development of nuclear fusion as a future practical energy source, the U. S Department of Energy is renewing 3-year funding for two PSFC projects on the Wendelstein7-X (W7-X) stellarator at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Greifswald, Germany.


3Q: Zach Hartwig on MIT's big push on fusion

Today, MIT announced plans to work with a newly formed company, Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS), to realize the promise of fusion as a source of unlimited, safe, carbon-free energy. 

MIT News

Bridging the divide with technology

“Teach. Travel. Inspire.” It was the fall of 2006 when first-year EECS graduate student Ted Golfinopoulos read those words on a poster in MIT’s “Infinite Corridor” inviting him to learn more about the Middle East Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow (MEET) sponsored by MISTI. 


Leigh Ann Kesler: Scaling heights and measuring depths

PSFC graduate student Leigh Ann Kesler's main focus is erosion of materials inside fusion devices, in which strong magnetic fields keep the hot plasma fuel confined and away from the walls of the vacuum chamber where fusion reactions occur. 


Sasha Soane wins IVEC best student paper award

“The best thing I learned in grad school is not necessarily how to amplify 140 GHz; it’s really the ability to go back and challenge the fundamental axioms behind your entire design approach.” - PhD Candidate Sasha Soane


Hong Sio: On the road for fusion

Graduate student Hong Sio spent 120 days on the road in 2016, visiting the OMEGA laser at the University of Rochester and the National Ignition Facility at Laweremce Livermore National Laboratory, in search of answers about inertial confinement fusion (ICF).


Jagadeesh Moodera, MIT

Jagadeesh Moodera: building next-generation quantum computers

MIT Physics Department and PSFC Senior Research Scientist Jagadeesh S. Moodera was one of the pioneers in the field of spin-polarized magnetic tunnel junctions, which led to a thousand-fold increase in hard disk storage capacity. 

Materials Processing Center


VIDEO: Breakthrough in Nuclear Fusion?

PSFC Director, Dennis Whyte spoke at the MIT Club of Northern California — Nuclear fusion is the holy grail of energy generation because by fusing two hydrogen atoms together into a single helium atom it releases enormous amounts of energy, yet represents a clean, safe, sustainable and secure form of power.

Alexey Radovinsky, Joe Minervini, Phil Michael, Leslie Bromberg

Making cancer treatment more accessible

MIT will be the lead research institution in a project to develop ironless superconducting cyclotrons, an effort that will make highly sought-after proton radiotherapy cancer treatment more available.

MIT News