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Collisions hotter than 400 million °C.

Pressures 10,000x lower than atmospheric.

Powered by clean hydrogen & electricity.

NUCLEAR FUSION.
AT VANDERBILT.

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OUR VISION

OUR VISION

The Vanderbilt Fusion Project is a transformative, cross-disciplinary engineering project team and research initiative.

 

By building a functional miniature nuclear fusion reactor, we hope to spark innovation and inspire others within our campus, community, and nation.

 

Our goal isn’t just to design, fabricate, and utilize a fusion reactor—it’s to create a unique space for our team members to develop the background and skills necessary to become creative engineers, innovators, and leaders.

Oh, and we'll smash some atoms at ultra-high energies too.

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Fabrication & Design | Safety | Communications & Finance | Vacuum & Gas Electrical | Controls | Research & Innovation

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A Nuclear Fusion Reactor.

The Size of a Soccer Ball.

Producing 1,000,000 nuclear events per second, the Vanderbilt Fusion Project's compact modular reactor will enable cutting-edge research in fields from nanomaterials to plasma dynamics. We're creating and controlling one of the most extreme environments on the planet.

Our reactor integrates both high-voltage and ultra-high vacuum systems, and is engineered to perform as an adaptable, cross-disciplinary test platform. Our control systems apply machine learning and plasma modeling to optimize reactor performance, and gather valuable test data.

 

Fuel: Deuterium

Operating Voltage: 40,000 Volts

Operating Pressure: 0.40 Torr

Reactor Vessel: Stainless Steel

Grid Construction: Tungsten 

OUR RESOURCES

OUR REACTOR

Inertial Electrostatic Confinement Fusion

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