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The energy released when two atomic nuclei fuse together. This process powers the sun and stars.  Read more

COLLOQUIUM: Why we have solar cells but not yet nuclear fusion

The energy market being the largest market in the world, a new energy technology has to grow by at least four orders of magnitude from multi-MW prototypes to 1% market share. With reference to the analysis by Kramer and Haigh [1], we first consider historical data on the introduction of new energy technologies. Quite independent of the particular technology full deployment takes more than 60 years. During the first 3 decades the growth is exponential. This phase does not contribute to energy production yet calls for an investment of more than 1000 billion dollar.

COLLOQUIUM: 20+1 Years of Research on the Alcator C-Mod Tokamak

This talk will summarize the achievements of research on the Alcator C-Mod tokamak and place that research in the context of the quest for practical fusion energy. C-Mod is a compact, high-field tokamak, whose unique design and operating parameters have produced a wealth of new and important results since it began operation in 1993, contributing data that extends tests of critical physical models into new parameter ranges and into new regimes.

COLLOQUIUM: Who Will Save the Tokamak - Harry Potter, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Shaquille O'Neal, or Donald Trump?

This paper attempts to bridge the gap between tokamak reactor design and plasma physics. The analysis demonstrates that the overall design of a tokamak fusion reactor is determined largely by the constraints imposed by nuclear physics and fusion
engineering. Almost no plasma physics is required to determine the main design parameters of a reactor: aR B T pn I. 

Hong Qin promoted to executive dean at the University of Science and Technology of China

Hong Qin bestrides the globe as a leading scientist and educator. For the past four years he has shuttled between PPPL and a teaching post at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), which named him executive dean of its School of Nuclear Science and Technology in October. Hong takes up the position while maintaining his agenda as a principal research physicist in the PPPL Theory Department and his teaching in the Program in Plasma Physics at Princeton University, where he is a lecturer with the rank of professor in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences.

Hong Qin promoted to executive dean at the University of Science and Technology of China

Hong Qin bestrides the globe as a leading scientist and educator. For the past four years he has shuttled between PPPL and a teaching post at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), which named him executive dean of its School of Nuclear Science and Technology in October. Hong takes up the position while maintaining his agenda as a principal research physicist in the PPPL Theory Department and his teaching in the Program in Plasma Physics at Princeton University, where he is a lecturer with the rank of professor in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences.

COLLOQUIUM: NIF An Unexpected Journey or Lessons Learned to Secure Projects of Scale

Developing the mission, science, technology and support for projects of scale is a demanding and multifaceted enterprise. There are many lessons to be learned from the National Ignition Facility (NIF) experience that can be applied in the quest to secure any future large scale facility. The presentation will include a historical perspective on the ICF and Stockpile Stewardship program that motivated NIF and the scientific and political strategy that ultimately secured the Facility.

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