Our Mission Statement:

To provide cost-effective R&D solutions for science, engineering, and technology

    Laboratory based R&D is inherently a highly-competitive, cost-constrained endeavor. This is typical of nearly all disciplines of science, engineering and technology. L-Egant Solutions (LES) sells high-voltage systems, components, and diagnostics; products that are widely used in research and development activities involving the delivery of high-electrical power, commonly referred to as “pulsed-power.” Pulsed-power is a unique discipline that relies on the use of sophisticated, high-voltage equipment, for charging, storing, switching, and delivering electrical energy efficiently, and often at the fastest timescales possible to produce extremes in the assembled energy density. Frequently, the energy pulse is delivered to materials that evolve into a state of high-electrical ionization, for example, lasers, pulse discharges, etc. which are more broadly characteristic of the field of physics that studies plasma.

    Our high voltage systems and components offerings are imported from Zeonics Systech, of India, founded in 1981. Zeonics is a leader in the manufacture of custom high-voltage, pulsed-power systems, and components. Their products perform at levels comparable to what is available in the USA and elsewhere, at substantially reduced cost. This is particularly important for laboratory R&D, in science, engineering and technology, which is a highly-competitive, cost-constrained endeavor.

    I'm pleased to announce that LES is also offering our first, home-grown diagnostic product: the - Second-Harmonic Dispersion Interferometer (SHDI), which is available in two configurations - as a 1-dimensional probe instrument and a 2-dimensional probe instrument. Having personally used this diagnostic in my research, I can attest to the fact that its performance is nothing short of exceptional; my expectation is that it will soon be in high demand for many applications, from plasma, gas, and liquids, and in particular for microscopy, where the SHDI concepts that are currently used particularly complex. For those of you reading this, and who are interested in developing/offering your own diagnostic products, please don't hesitate to reach out to me.

    As the founding principal of LES and an active research physicist/scientist, it is a pleasure to offer my years experience in these areas to support your research. I founded this company to help address the many difficult years of finding cost-effective laboratory equipment for my own research, where I often had needs that were more expensive than my available resource funding. Thus, I routinely resorted to building my own equipment from scratch, or modifying surplus components, rather than buying it outright. As gratifying as this process is, it will definitely impact your goal-focused workflow and project productivity.

    My research career started with a Ph.D. in physics, from the University of California, Irvine, studying the direct injection of intense ion beams into a fusion reactor. These are not the typical neutral-atomic beams used widely today. They are pulsed, high-current density, plasmoid beams, that penetrate the transverse-magnetic field by a collective, self-polarization (ExB drift) effect. The potential impact of this technology is to enable access to a particle-energy regime that is well suited for fusion, in the range of 100-1,000 keV, where neutral-atomic beams are either not possible, or not cost effective. After finishing at UCI, I went to the Hughes Research Laboratories, where I worked on ion-space propulsion. My big accomplishment was extending the propulsion system power-density and thrust performance 5-fold, while also reducing the "parts count" 100-fold (USPTO#4,638,149).

    HRL was close to UCLA, so I used the opportunity to attend their seminars on entrepreneurship. At that time startups did not have the same caché as they do today. Eventually, I was confident enough in my ability, that I convinced my HRL colleagues to embark on writing our own business plan, developing focused-ion beams for microelectronics. We succeeded at getting it funded as MicroBeam, Inc. Shortly after we opened our doors, I left the company, as our funding was (strongly) dependent upon the use of sales forecasts that were probably more "optimistic" (100's of units X $1 M/unit) than what reality was likely to support.

    Soon thereafter, I returned to UC Irvine, doing R & D on the propagation of intense ion beams, magnetic-field compression in a Z-pinch, x-ray lithography, and Z-pinch fusion. Z-pinches are an interesting pulsed-power device, since they provide a simple and easy way to produce extremes in the compressed-plasma-energy density. A few years later I succeeded in funding the "Staged Z-pinch" (SZP) Project for Fusion, in a highly competitive Department of Energy procurement for alternate fusion concepts. Eventually, this research lead to a new method for energy delivery in a fusion target, with many papers and two patents (USPTO#8,837,661 & #9,839,111), and the basis for my third start-up, 15 years later, as Magneto-Inertial Fusion Technologies, Inc. (MIFTI); which continues today to develop the SZP for fusion and the production of medical isotopes.

    My earlier PhD work with Norman Rostoker, on intense-ion beam propagation/injection evolved into another new concept for fusion, based on a Field-Reversed Magnetic Configuration (FRC). Basically, the magnetic configuration was linear, high-magnetic beta, and with the use of intense-ion beams at MeV energies, allowed for the use of advanced fusion fuel cycles. These fuel cycles are attractive over the conventional approach with hydrogen isotopes, because there are fusion fuels that generate energy without neutrons (hence, no radioactivity). One day, while Norman and I were chatting about the lack of vision in the fusion community for alternate concepts and specifically funding for our idea, it occurred to me that we should just write a business plan and try to raise money ourselves. We eventually did that, and with others, formed what was called Tri Alpha Energy, Inc, my second startup; which was based on the use of Hydrogen and Boron to produce three Helium nuclei (alpha particles). Finding an appropriate name for the company, with the strong opinions of such an eclectic group of co-founders, was a particular challenge! Nevertheless, I prevailed and the "obvious name" was adopted.

    I recently decided to try something a little different that is less focused on developing new fusion ideas, and instead on providing cost-effective solutions, components, and diagnostics; many of which are compiled here on the L-Egant Solutions website. So, here we are.

    As always, it will be a pleasure to provide you with the highest level of support for your research needs, and to facilitate your discoveries efficiently, at low cost. Wishing you success in all your research endeavours,

Frank J Wessel