About the Nuclear Reactor Program
The PULSTAR Reactor is a 1-MW pool-type nuclear research reactor which is administered by the Nuclear Reactor Program and located in Burlington Laboratory on the N.C. State north campus. The NC State reactor is one of two PULSTAR reactors built, and the only one still in operation. The other reactor was a 2 MW reactor at the University of Buffalo, which went critical in 1964 and was decommissioned in 1994.
Reactor Operations Training
Tour the Reactor Facility
Tours of the PULSTAR Reactor Facility are available to academic groups internal and external to NC State University, and to prospective facility users. Tours are by appointment only and must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance of the tour date. Photo ID’s are required to be presented for every person attending the tour. No cell phones, cameras, bags (e.g., backpacks, purses, etc.), or weapons are allowed in the reactor facility. Contact the Manager of Nuclear Services for more information or to schedule a tour.