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439 Engineering Research Building

1500 Engineering Drive

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison, WI 53706

Brief Overview of Program Goals

The Inertial Electrostatic Confinement (IEC) lab at the University of Wisconsin (UW) is approaching the fusion energy problem from a unique angle. This approach is to develop short-term non-electric applications of nuclear fusion by leveraging the extensive scientific knowledge already available. Depending on the fuel, fusion produces several unique and potentially useful products; high energy neutrons (2-14 MeV), thermal neutrons, high energy protons (3-15 MeV), and electromagnetic radiation (microwave to x-ray to gamma- rays). These fusion products have many potential commercial applications, including but not limited to: