Quantum and Nuclear Science

Nuclear fusion rate enhancement

Much nuclear science and engineering treats nuclear reactions rates (often associated with the notion of cross sections) as given and essentially immutable. However, different mechanisms are known through which nuclear reaction rates can be manipulated to yield more desirable outcomes such as an enhancement of fusion rates or an acceleration of decay. I have developed deep expertise in the domain of nuclear reaction rate enhancement and I have advised both academic and corporate organizations in efforts to deploy a range of physical mechanisms to enhance nuclear reaction rates.

Quantum-coherent engineering

We are in the midst of what has been described as a Second Quantum Revolution, a key feature of which is the emphasis on quantum coherence and the control and exploitation of quantum coherent processes. I have engaged in the debate on the emerging discipline of quantum-coherent engineering where I am particularly interested in applications of quantum-coherent engineering at the nuclear scale — what may be called quantum-coherent nuclear engineering. 

Nuclear power innovation and commercialization

Innovation and commercialization of nuclear power involves a wide range of challenges. With respect to innovation, key questions are: On which level should innovation take place e.g. on the level of overall plant designs, individual components, or fundamental physics? What are associated timelines, risks, and opportunities? With respect to commercialization, key questions pertain the articulation of (commercial as well as public) opportunities and risks, including the development of appropriate business models, IP strategies, and the management of complexity.