It all started when...
Today, there are only half as many RTR's (Research and Training Reactors) in the US as there were in the early 1960's. The cost, and the risk of weapons proliferation, make the expense of owning such machines very high for most universities.
Northwest Nuclear Laboratories has developed a 1 x 10^6 fusion based DD neutron source that provides a continuous neutron flux for medical and materials research. Finding new ways to enhance the telemetry of this machine using advanced cloud based automation allows us to perform plasma investigations that were not thought possible when this reactor was first introduced. Today, our students are exploring unique plasma's that are internally symmetrical, and therefore hold the possibility of fusion containment utilizing magnetic and electrical charge confinement schema.