Framework of a 30-trillion-watt electron beam fusion accelerator (EBFA-1) is taking shape at Sandia Laboratories

Framework of a 30-trillion-watt electron beam fusion accelerator (EBFA-1) is taking shape at Sandia Laboratories near Albuquerque, New Mexico. The $14.2 million fusion facility is on schedule and expected to be operational in mid-1980. Consisting of 36 modules aligned like the spokes in a wheel with a target chamber at the hub, the accelerator will focus 30 trillion watts of power onto a fuel pallet in a pulse lasting 40 to 45 nanoseconds. This powerful electron beam will implode the pallet, fusing atoms of deuterium and tritium as part of experiments to determine if fusion can be used to generate power in the next century and beyond. The accelerator is being designed so that its output can be doubled to about 60 trillion watts if the initial two years of experiments are successful., Credit Line: Sandia National Laboratories, courtesy of AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Physics Today Collection
Abstract/Description: Framework of a 30-trillion-watt electron beam fusion accelerator (EBFA-1) is taking shape at Sandia Laboratories near Albuquerque, New Mexico. The $14.2 million fusion facility is on schedule and expected to be operational in mid-1980. Consisting of 36 modules aligned like the spokes in a wheel with a target chamber at the hub, the accelerator will focus 30 trillion watts of power onto a fuel pallet in a pulse lasting 40 to 45 nanoseconds. This powerful electron beam will implode the pallet, fusing atoms of deuterium and tritium as part of experiments to determine if fusion can be used to generate power in the next century and beyond. The accelerator is being designed so that its output can be doubled to about 60 trillion watts if the initial two years of experiments are successful.
Subject(s): Energy
Generators
Laboratories
Equipment and supplies
Albuquerque (N. M.)
Sandia National Laboratories
Credit Line: Sandia National Laboratories, courtesy of AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Physics Today Collection
Catalog ID: Sandia National Laboratories F4