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At MIT, Hong Sio can be found in the PSFC High-Energy-Density Physics (HEDP) accelerator facility, which develops and characterizes nuclear diagnostics for inertial fusion facilities across the country, including NIF and OMEGA. "The opportunity to be so deeply involved at these world-class facilities as a graduate student is nothing short of remarkable,” he says. Photo: Paul Rivenberg / PSFC At MIT, Hong Sio can be found in the PSFC High-Energy-Density Physics (HEDP) accelerator facility, which develops and characterizes nuclear diagnostics for inertial fusion facilities across the country, including NIF and OMEGA. "The opportunity to be so deeply involved at these world-class facilities as a graduate student is nothing short of remarkable,” he says.
Photo: Paul Rivenberg / PSFC

Hong Sio: On the road for fusion

Ph.D candidate enjoys a range of fusion research from coast to coast.

Paul Rivenberg | Plasma Science and Fusion Center
February 28, 2017

Graduate student Hong Sio has gotten used to being somewhere else. His research as part of the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC) High-Energy-Density Physics (HEDP) team has rotated him from his Albany Street home facilities in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to projects on the OMEGA laser at the University of Rochester in New York, to collaborations on the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.

“I spent 120 days in hotel rooms last year,” he laughs. “Four months on the road.” All this travel has been necessary to support the kind of research that recently earned his fusion diagnostic a spot on the cover of an American Institute of Physics journal.
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