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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.
E. D. Gospodchikov, A. G. Shalashov, E. V. Suvorov
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 53 | Number 1 | January 2008 | Pages 261-278
Technical Note | Special Issue on Electron Cyclotron Wave Physics, Technology, and Applications - Part 2 | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST08-A1671
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Ordinary and extraordinary wave couplings in the vicinity of the cutoff surfaces in magnetized plasmas are analyzed in a two-dimensionally inhomogeneous tokamak-like geometry. It is demonstrated that the mode conversion may be of an essentially two-dimensional nature when the cutoff surfaces intersect in space along a certain line. For the latter case the reduced wave equations in the transformation region are derived and solved analytically. Structures of the transformed and reflected waves and corresponding transformation coefficients are obtained for an arbitrary field distribution in the incident beam. In particular, the intensity transformation coefficients of Gaussian beams are analyzed in more detail.