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David Donovan

Associate Professor of Nuclear Engineering, University of Tennessee


My research focuses on fusion energy science, plasma physics, plasma-material interactions (PMI), near term applications of nuclear fusion devices, material characterization tools (SEM, FIB, EBSD, GIXRD, AFM), He ion damage to tungsten in fusion relevant environments, plasma and heat flux diagnostic development and implementation, surface chemistry analysis (XPS), boundary plasma experimental research, impurity transport studies in magnetically confined fusion devices.

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Nuclear Fusion Hit a Milestone Thanks to Better Reactor Walls

Scientists at a laboratory in England have shattered the record for the amount of energy produced during a controlled, sustained fusion reaction. The production of 59 megajoules of energy over five seconds at the...

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