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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.
M. A. Henderson, C. P. Moeller
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 53 | Number 1 | January 2008 | Pages 220-236
Technical Paper | Special Issue on Electron Cyclotron Wave Physics, Technology, and Applications - Part 2 | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST08-A1667
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The remote steering (RS) system (C. P. Moeller, Proc. 23rd Int. Conf. Infrared and Millimeter Waves, September 7-11, 1998, University of Essex, pp. 116-118) provides a method of steering a millimeter-wave beam for electron cyclotron heating (ECH) and current drive (CD) applications without having moveable mirrors close to the plasma. The input beam is coupled into a square corrugated waveguide having a length such that the phase and amplitude profile of the input beam is repeated at the waveguide output. In the most basic implementation, by injecting the input beam at an angle relative to the waveguide axis, the output beam is radiated at that same angle. The steering range (typically to ±12 deg) and the focusing ability are strongly limited because of the restricted space for the launcher in a fusion device, which results in a large deposition profile in the plasma. However, the waveguide and optical arrangement can be modified to either increase the steering range and/or focus the RS system. For example, if a converging beam is injected into the waveguide, the output beam's waist will be projected far from the waveguide aperture. Likewise, a tapered square waveguide can be used to increase the scanning range of the RS system beyond that of ±12 deg. This paper will investigate such hybrid designs of the RS launcher, providing alternative configurations for optimizing the launching configuration, depending on the requirements of a given ECH and CD system.