Nuclear Science and Energy Directorate

Fusion Energy Division

Stan Milora, Division Director
  Stan Milora, Division Director

The Fusion Energy Division (FED) of the Nuclear and Engineering Directorate (NSED) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is developing the understanding required for an attractive fusion energy source through integrated research, and is pursuing near term applications of plasma science and technology in support of national goals. Oak Ridge National Laboratory is a leader in innovative fusion concept development integrating our science, technology, and engineering activities. Our plasma theorists develop the fundamental plasma theory and computational base needed to understand plasma behavior in fusion devices, to understand and exploit improved plasma confinement regimes, and to develop new confinement configurations and technologies. In experimental plasma physics we perform collaborative research in plasma boundary physics, fueling and particle transport, confinement and stability, and wave-plasma interactions. Our plasma engineers develop heating and current drive technologies and fueling systems to create and control high temperature plasmas. Near-term projects such as the use of plasma heating technologies to produce low cost carbon fiber and the application of high temperature superconductivity to electric power delivery systems focus our science, technology and engineering skills developed in the fusion mission on other important national priorities. View our overview fact sheet for more information on our research.

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Research Group Functions

  • The key function of the Applied Superconductivity group is to perform optimization of HTS conductors (higher current densities, lower ac losses, stability, quench detection and protection), cryogenic cooling interfaces with HTS applications and cryogenic dielectrics (innovative materials and effective high-voltage insulation systems).
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  • The key function of the Experimental Plasma Physics group is to perform topical research in plasma boundary physics, fueling and particle transport, confinement and stability, wave-plasma interactions, and concept innovation.
  • The key function of the Plasma Technology and Applications group is to develop plasma heating/current drive, and fueling technologies to create, control and understand high temperature plasma.
  • The key function of the Plasma Theory group is to develop fundamental plasma theory and the computational base needed to understand plasma behavior in fusion devices, to understand and exploit improved confinement regimes, and to develop new confinement configurations and technologies.

Division Contacts

Stan Milora Director 865.574.0988
Eraina Elliot Administrative Assistant 865.574.0988
  Division Facsimile 865.576.7926

Group Leaders

Michael Gouge Applied Superconductivity 865.576.4467
Don Hillis Experimental Plasma Physics 865.576.3739
David Rasmussen Plasma Technology and Applications 865.574.1158
Lee Berry Plasma Theory Group 865.574.0998