Brandon N. Sorbom is a 4th year PhD candidate at MIT in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering. During his time at MIT, he has refurbished and upgraded the 1.5 MV DANTE linear tandem accelerator at CSTAR to measure angularly resolved nuclear cross sections. In addition, he helped repair and install a 900 keV RFQ deuteron accelerator on MIT's Alcator C-Mod tokamak to study boron retention/erosion on the plasma facing surfaces of the tokamak. He received his B.S. from Loyola Marymount University in 2010 with a double major in electrical engineering and engineering physics. At LMU, he studied electrostatic confinement fusion and received a grant from the LMU Physics Department to design and build a Farnsworth fusor as a neutron source. In addition to fusion materials research, Brandon is active in fusion reactor design, and is the lead author of the ARC Reactor study, a conceptual reactor design using high-field superconducting magnets to enable a smaller fusion pilot plant.
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