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


Renee Meiller

March 25, 2013

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.

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