Wisconsin Energy Institute

With 400th Ph.D. grad, UW-Madison celebrates a half century of fusion energy


Monday, March 25, 2013 - 10:19am

In the 1930s and '40s, many researchers studied ways to use fusion, the reaction in which atomic nuclei collide, fuse and release energy, to develop atomic weapons. Later, those same brilliant minds began to focus on beneficial applications of fusion, including developing plants that would produce electrical energy for society.