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NC State celebrates 70 years of nuclear engineering education
An early picture of the research reactor building on the North Carolina State University campus. The Department of Nuclear Engineering is celebrating the 70th anniversary of its nuclear engineering curriculum in 2020–2021. Photo: North Carolina State University
The Department of Nuclear Engineering at North Carolina State University has spent the 2020–2021 academic year celebrating the 70th anniversary of its becoming the first U.S. university to establish a nuclear engineering curriculum. It started in 1950, when Clifford Beck, then of Oak Ridge, Tenn., obtained support from NC State’s dean of engineering, Harold Lampe, to build the nation’s first university nuclear reactor and, in conjunction, establish an educational curriculum dedicated to nuclear engineering.
The department, host to the 2021 ANS Virtual Student Conference, scheduled for April 8–10, now features 23 tenure/tenure-track faculty and three research faculty members. “What a journey for the first nuclear engineering curriculum in the nation,” said Kostadin Ivanov, professor and department head.
J. D. Spalding, L. C. Carlson, M. S. Tillack, N. B. Alexander, D. T. Goodin, R. W. Petzoldt
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 52 | Number 3 | October 2007 | Pages 435-439
Technical Paper | The Technology of Fusion Energy - Inertial Fusion Technology: Targets and Chambers | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST07-A1526
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Successful ignition of direct drive targets in an IFE power plant requires a reliable system for tracking the location of the target in flight and illuminating it by many separate laser beams with a high degree of precision. As part of a coordinated effort in the High Average Power Laser (HAPL) program, we have developed and tested an interferometric technique for measuring the position and velocity of targets along their axis of motion. The technique involves reflecting light from the moving target and combining it with a reference beam in order to produce interference fringes at a rate corresponding to the movement of the target.A scaled benchtop experiment has been built and tested to characterize the performance of this technique of axial target tracking. Results are presented here together with recommendations on improvements needed for a full-scale performance demonstration.