Energy Research at the University of Washington

Richard D. Milroy

Energy Research Area: Magnetic confinement of plasma for a controlled thermonuclear fusion

Research Professor
College of Engineering
Aeronautics and Astronautics

Our main interest is to heat and confine plasma in a way that makes controlled thermonuclear fusion a practical and cost competitive energy source. We are studying a form of “magnetic bottle” known as the Field Reversed Configuration (FRC) to provide magnetic confinement of the electrically conducting plasma. The Redmond Plasma Physics Laboratory has an experimental program to study FRC physics. The Plasma Science and Innovation Center (PSI-Center) is developing computational models that help interpret the results of FRC experiments and predict results for future experiments.

The TCSU FRC experiment at the Redmond Plasma Physics Laboratory
The TCSU FRC experiment at the Redmond Plasma Physics Laboratory

Record last updated on November 28th 2011 PDT.