Juliusz Kruszelnicki

Juliusz Kruszelnicki 
Mentor: Dr. Jim Baciak
College of Engineering
"I want to be involved in nuclear fusion research as a career. I believe that fusion is truly the best solution to the world's energy crONE.UF. Can you imagine? Cheap, clean energy that uses universes most abundant element - hydrogen - as fuel? That prospect is what drove to research."
 

Major

Nuclear Engineering

Minor

Physics

Research Interests

  • Nuclear Fusion
  • Plasma Physics
  • Statistical Mechanics

Academic Awards

  • 2011 Los Alamos National Laboratory Engineering Symposium Winner
  • Fieler Scholar
  • ANS Lindell Scholar
  • Dean's List

Organizations

  • American Nuclear Society
  • Motorcycle Association of Students and Staff
  • Delta Epsilon Iota

Volunteer

Hobbies and Interests

  • Motorcycles

Research Description

Inertial-Electrostatic Nuclear Fusion Device
Nuclear fusion is a process of creating energy by combining two light nuclei and forming a heavier element. While there are several means of accomplishing this, Inertial Electrostatic Confinement (IEC) method is by far the simplest and the most cost-efficient. It is possible to construct a device composed of two co-centric electrodes inside a vacuum chamber. Fuel is then introduced into the chamber and ionized. The ions would subsequently accelerate towards the center of the reactor and fuse. Although it is highly improbable to reach a breakeven point, this scheme allows for the study of plasmas, high voltages, X-Rays, Gamma Rays, magnetic fields, and vacuums. Considering that nuclear fusion is of growing interest to the international community, these areas of study are of paramount importance.