A Collaborative National Center for Fusion & Plasma Research
January 16, 2013, 4:15pm to 5:30pm

MBG Auditorium

COLLOQUIUM: Excitement at the Plasma Boundary"

Professor Robert Goldston
Princeton University

We now know how to heat plasmas to thermonuclear temperatures, and even how to confine the resulting hot plasmas to produce immense amounts of fusion power. The next major R&D challenge is to cope with these successes: How can we handle the heat flux that emerges from a fusion plasma and ultimately impinges on material surfaces? This heat flux is naturally focused spatially, and often temporally, amplifying the challenge.

We will overview 1) the magnitude of the heat-flux challenge, 2) scientific understanding of the underlying processes that control heat-flux focusing, and 3) possible solutions. A major conclusion is that the plasma boundary is a rich frontier for both scientific understanding and creative innovation.

Colloquium Committee: 

The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory 2015-2016 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
Mike Mardenfeld, mmarden@pppl.gov
David Mikkelsen, dmikkels@pppl.gov
Brent Stratton, stratton@pppl.gov

  • Carol Ann Austin 609-243-2484

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