Enabling Technologies for Improving Fusion Power Plant Performance and Availability Workshop

March 7-8, 2023

Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel, New Orleans, LA 
Registration: Astor Ballroom Foyer 
General Sessions: Astor Ballroom 1 
Breakout Rooms: Astor Ballroom I, Astor Ballroom II, Bienville Room, St. Ann Room

Day 1: Theme A - Innovative Heating Schemes, Advanced Drivers and High-performance Targets and Fueling



8:00 – 9:00 am 

Registration, Coffee, Snacks, & Networking 

9:00 – 9:05 am 

Welcome & Introduction to ARPA-E  

Dr. David Tew – Acting Deputy Director Technology, ARPA-E 

9:05 – 9:20 am 

Workshop rationale and Theme A description

Dr. Ahmed Diallo – Program Director, ARPA-E 

9:20 – 9:25 am 

ARPA-E Fusion T2M Overview 

Mr. Sam Wurzel – T2M Advisor, ARPA-E 

9:25 – 10:25 am 

Plenary: 2022 DOE Basic Research Needs for Inertial Fusion Energy (IFE)

Dr. Tammy Ma – Advanced Photon Technologies (APT) Program Element Leader for High-Intensity Laser High Energy Density (HED) Science, LLNL  

10:25 – 10:45 am 

Coffee Break & Networking 

10:45 – 11:10 am 

Diode-pumped, solid-state laser (DPSSL) drivers for Inertial Fusion Energy (IFE)

Dr. Jonathan Zuegel – Laser and Materials Technology Division Director, LLE 

11:10 – 11:35 am 

High-Energy Excimer-Raman-Brillouin IFE Laser

Mr. Conner Galloway – CEO and Founder, Xcimer Energy 

11:35 – 12:00 pm 

ArF Repetition-Rate Laser and Pulse Power Technologies Enabling Smaller Lower Cost Fusion Power Plant Designs

Dr. Matt Wolford – Head Electron Beam Science & Applications Section, NRL  

12:00 – 1:00 pm 


1:00 – 1:25 pm 

Fabrication, Verification, and Manufacturing of Fusion Targets 

Dr. Yongfeng Lu – Lott Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, University of Nebraska 

1:25 – 1:50 pm 

Next Generation Gyrotron Sources for ECH

Dr. Monica Blank – Senior Scientist in the Gyrotron Group, CPI  

1:50 – 2:15 pm 

Neutralized-Ion Beams

Dr. Frank Wessel – Chief Scientist, SAFEnergy 


Day 2: Theme B – Accelerated Discovery of Novel Fusion Materials 



8:30 – 9:00 am 

Registration, Coffee, Snacks, & Networking 

9:00 – 9:10 am 

Summary of Day 1 and Theme B description

Dr. Ahmed Diallo – Program Director - ARPA-E 

9:10 – 9:15 am 

Introduction to the Fusion Industry Association  

Ms. Caroline Anderson – Manager for Outreach, Fusion Industry Association 

9:15 – 10:15 am 

Plenary: Structural Materials Development for Fusion Energy: A Historical Perspective and Opportunities to Accelerate Materials Development through Computational Multiscale Materials Modeling

Prof. Brian Wirth – Governor’s Chair Professor, University of Tennessee  

10:15 – 10:30 am 

Coffee Break 

10:30 – 10:55 am 

Refractory Complex Concentrated Alloys (RCCAs): A New Class of High-Temperature Structural Materials

Dr. Dan Miracle – Senior Scientist in the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory   

10:55 – 11:20 am 

Accelerated Design of Fusion Materials 

Prof. Raymundo Arroyave – Segers Family Dean's Excellence Professor, Texas A&M University 

11:20 – 11:45 pm 

High-Throughput Additive Manufacturing and Characterization of HEAs for Fusion Applications

Prof. Dan Thoma – Director of the Grainger Institute for Engineering (GIE), University of Wisconsin 

11:45 – 12:45 pm 


12:45 – 1:10 pm 

Testing: Accelerating Evaluations of New Fusion Materials

Dr. Bruce Pint – Group Leader, Corrosion Science & Technology, ORNL  

1:10 – 1:35 pm 

MDF Research Advancing Additive Manufacturing & Materials to Address Energy Applications 

Dr. Bill Peter – Advanced Manufacturing Program Director, ORNL  

1:35 – 2:00 pm 

Impact of Advanced Manufacturing and Materials on Fusion Reactor Costs

Dr. Simon Woodruff – President, Woodruff Scientific  

2:00 - 2:15 pm

Breakout Session 2: Introduction & Objectives   

Dr. Ahmed Diallo – Program Director, ARPA-E 
2:15 - 2:30 pm Coffee Break; transition to breakout sessions 
2:30 - 4:00 pm

Breakout Session 2: Title: Metrics for Theme B 

Group 1: Modeling for Accelerated Materials Discovery 

Group 2: Process for Accelerated Materials Fabrication 

Group 3: Experiments for Accelerated Materials Properties Verification 

Group 4: Interface for Fusion Materials Design Data Repository 
4:00 - 4:30 pm Break, Snacks & Networking
4:30 - 5:15 pm Report out of breakout session 2
5:15 - 5:30 pm Q & A
5:30 - 5:45 pm PD Wrap-up
5:45 pm Adjourn



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