Touring the DIII-D National Fusion Facility
Tours at DIII-D
If you have ever been interested in learning what it takes to operate a fusion research facility or perform research there, a behind-the-scenes look at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility might be for you! DIII-D offers group tours to the public (over age 6), including student groups, non-profits, commercial entities, and government officials, throughout the year to share all the work that goes on to make our site such a productive research facility. If you are interested in touring the facility, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that availability is limited by facility activities, but our tour organizers will do their best to work with you to schedule a visit.
What to Expect
Each tour is tailored to the visitors, matching their interests and level of knowledge to create an educational and relatable experience. In general, tours begin with introductory material, which may include a short presentation and/or demonstration, to familiarize visitors with the key scientific and engineering concepts needed to understand the work done at DIII-D. The bulk of the tour visit involves walking around the facility to see the different systems and spaces required to run fusion experiments at DIII-D. This portion of the tour can be tailored to meet mobility impairment-related needs; please discuss any concerns with your tour organizer. If the operations schedule allows, there is also the possibility for the tour to see the device. If you have specific interests, we suggest including them in your email request, and we will do our best to create a tour agenda matches your needs.
As DIII-D is an open Department of Energy facility, we encourage taking pictures of the facility and sharing them. However, we request that you not take any pictures of employees without their explicit permission. If you chose to share your images on social media, please tag our accounts:
DIII-D is an active research facility with an industrial environment. As such, we have important guidelines for visits to ensure visitor safety. Please note that footwear appropriate to this environment is required for all tour attendees. No open-toed shoes (such as sandals) or high-heeled shoes are allowed; please wear flat-soled, closed-toed shoes for your tour.
Additionally, as the facility contains systems that can generate strong magnetic fields, please inform your tour organizer of any individuals who have a medical device sensitive to magnetic fields (such as a pacemaker) as early in the scheduling process as possible. Any visitor with such a device may not be able to access certain areas of the facility to ensure their safety.
Adult visitors may be required to provide identification to access the facility. Please note that a list of any required items for you to bring will be sent to you by your tour organizer.
If you are coming directly to DIII-D for a tour, our address is:
3483 Dunhill St.
San Diego, CA 92121
Please be aware that directions to DIII-D are significantly different from directions to the main General Atomics site in Torrey Pines. While these two locations are connected by a private road (Tower Road), this road is not accessible to members of the public.
Please see the map and detailed inset below for driving directions: