Sandia researchers have long supported DOE Fusion Energy Science efforts to make magnetic confinement fusion a practical source of electrical power. To develop this technology, Sandia’s work includes plasma-material interactions, boundary physics measurements at the DIII-D tokamak facility in San Diego, and fusion reactor blanket materials and the associated tritium fuel cycle. This work is described in detail at {link here to magnetic fusion page}

Combustion research scientists also contribute to Sandia’s broader fusion energy effort. CRF researchers have applied uncertainty quantification to the modeling of plasma-material interactions and to the application of advanced laser diagnostics and mass spectrometry to low-temperature plasma phenomena. This work is also part of the Sandia Plasma Research Facility.

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