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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.
Ron Petzoldt, Neil Alexander, Lane Carlson, Graham Flint, Dan Goodin, Jon Spalding, Mark Tillack
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 52 | Number 3 | October 2007 | Pages 454-458
Technical Paper | The Technology of Fusion Energy - Inertial Fusion Technology: Targets and Chambers | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST07-A1529
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Target engagement is the process of measuring the target trajectory and directing the driver beams to hit the target at a position that is predicted based on these measurements. New target engagement concepts have been proposed in the last few years to continuously track the targets and to verify that the tracking system is aligned with the driver beams for each shot.For transverse position, a laser beam continuously backlights the target and the position of the Poisson spot in the center of the target's shadow is measured. Axial target displacement is measured using a laser interferometer and counting interference fringes as the target moves away from the laser source. Final steering corrections use a "glint" reflected off the target ~1 ms prior to firing the laser beams and collected in a separate Position Sensitive Detector (PSD) for each driver beamlet. The position of the glint on the PSD is compared to the position of an alignment beam that is collinear with the driver beam. Steering corrections are then made based on the difference in position of the two spots reaching the PSD.