Active-target Muon Source for Muon-catalyzed Fusion

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Newton, Massachusetts
Project Term:
09/22/2023 - 09/21/2025

Technology Description:

NK Labs will improve the efficiency of muon production to enable cost-effective muon-catalyzed fusion, a process that can operate at much lower temperatures than traditional approaches to fusion. NK Labs would improve the design of the target that gets bombarded with high-energy protons to generate particles called pions, which rapidly decay into muons that are then routed toward the fusion fuel to catalyze a fusion reaction. Instead of the standard sheet or rod-shaped targets, NK Labs will use machine-learning-based optimization methods to design improved targets which increase the efficiency and economics of muon-catalyzed fusion plants.


ARPA-E Program Director:
Dr. Ahmed Diallo
Project Contact:
Mr. Ara Knaian
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