Idaho National Lab studies fusion safety, tritium supply chain


This is a close up view of an X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy system being used at the Idaho National Lab measuring surface chemistry on a potential candidate material to use for fusion.

Masashi Shimada has been researching nuclear fusion since 2000, when he joined the graduate program at University of California San Diego. He’s currently the lead scientist at the Safety and Tritium Applied Research (STAR) facility in Idaho National Laboratory, one of the federal government’s premier scientific research laboratories.

The field has changed a lot.

Early on in his career, fusion was often the butt of jokes, if it was discussed at all. “Fusion is the energy of future and always will be” was…


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