Ahmad Ateyeh ’25
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Small Clean Fusion Reactors
I worked with the Princeton Field Reversed Configuration (PFRC) group on an ongoing experiment to construct a small, clean fusion reactor. My specific focus was on the PFRC’s radio frequency (RF) heating system, which is the part of the reactor that allows the plasma to reach a temperature sufficient to generate power. In the current form of the PFRC, the power efficiency of the RF system is very low. I helped construct a model of the RF system on a circuit analysis software known as Pspice, and then used this model’s output to provide insights on how to increase the system’s power efficiency. Throughout this project, I was able to gain experience with software and languages that are ubiquitous in the electrical engineering field, such as Pspice and MATLAB. I also gained hands-on experience in a laboratory setting. Overall, I loved that this project expanded my knowledge of the possibilities of renewable energy, and I am looking forward to expanding my horizon even more in future endeavors.
Innovation and a New Energy Future
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory - Princeton, New Jersey
Samuel Cohen, Director, Program in Plasma Science and Technology, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory