Making Our Fusion Reactor Better, day 102 of 320: Physics Today has a neat article about Quantum Calorimeters, which are devices that can measure the energy imparted into a detector by a single photon with high accuracy. Our Livermore Lab colleagues are actually building one for DIII-D, but it will not be installed during this…

Making Our Fusion Reactor Better, day 96 of 320: discovering that the limiting factor in how much work can be completed is our ability to pound through Design Reviews. Endless Meetings! 😫

Making Our Fusion Reactor Better, day 94 of 320: the neutralizer and ion dump have been reinstalled in the beam. I had to go back a month to find a photo of this setup without those components.

Making Our Fusion Reactor Better, day 92 of 320: there are so many new pipes and plumbing fixtures being installed in the machine hall that we are having design reviews solely to review their layout. I hope we never need that fire suppression to activate, but I’m glad it’s top-notch!

First post written with the new Gutenberg editor for WordPress. This is crazy different… going to take some time to get the hang of it. I can definitely see the benefits and it should be easier to make posts look exactly the why you desire. I wish the “Content Structure” information included the number of…

Making Our Fusion Reactor Better, day 89 of 320: control room construction is in full swing! Sadly, my request for an espresso bar was rejected.

Making Our Fusion Reactor Better, day 87 of 320: rebar installed in the mid-level floor that will hold the particle beam. A few more weeks of setting this up before the concrete pour can begin.Β πŸ‘©β€πŸ”¬ πŸ‘¨β€πŸ”¬

Making Our Fusion Reactor Better, day 86 of 320: attending a seminar from Richard Garwin. In addition to talking about Enrico Fermi and nuclear physics in the 1940s, he pointed out how access to better diagnostics allowed some groups to beat others to big discoveries.

My favorite little guy, complete with baby feet in the photo.Β πŸ•Β πŸ“·

Making Our Fusion Reactor Better, day 80 of 320: after filling four dumpsters full of concrete and dirt, we have removed just shy of 100,000 pounds of material from the machine hall. This was necessary because we need a new slab to support the upgraded particle beam.Β πŸ‘©β€πŸ”¬ πŸ‘¨β€πŸ”¬