A Collaborative National Center for Fusion & Plasma Research
November 18, 2014,
2:00pm to 3:00pm

MBG Auditorium

COLLOQUIUM: Achieving 10MW Fusion Power in TFTR: a Retrospective

Dr. Michael Bell
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

"The Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor (TFTR) operated at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) from 1982 to 1997. TFTR set a number of world records, including a plasma temperature of 510 million degrees centigrade -- the highest ever produced in a laboratory, and well beyond the 100 million degrees required for commercial fusion. In addition to meeting its physics objectives, TFTR achieved all of its hardware design goals, thus making substantial contributions in many areas of fusion technology development.

In December 1993, TFTR became the world's first magnetic fusion device to perform extensive experiments with plasmas composed of 50/50 deuterium/tritium -- the fuel mix required for practical fusion power production. On November 2, 1994, TFTR produced a world-record 10.7 million watts of controlled fusion power. These experiments continued until April 1997, and emphasized detailed studies of DT plasma behavior and included the first measurements alpha particle heating in a laboratory plasma. The extent to which the alpha particles pass their energy to the plasma is critical to the eventual attainment of sustained fusion."


Colloquium Committee: 

The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory 2017-2018 Colloquium Committee is comprised of the following people. Please feel free to contact them by e-mail regarding any possible speakers or topics for future colloquia.

Carol Ann Austin, caustin@pppl.gov
Nathaniel Ferraro, nferraro@pppl.gov
Charles A Gentile, cgentile@pppl.gov
Masayuki Ono, mono@pppl.gov
Tori Sikkema, tsikkema@pppl.gov

  • Carol Ann Austin 609-243-2484

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