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UConn Physics Colloquium

Dr. Hutch Neilson
Advanced Projects Department, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

ITER Physics and the Path to Fusion Energy

A critical milestone for magnetic fusion research is the achievement and control of a sustained burning plasma in the laboratory. The international fusion community has established the physics and technology basis for ITER, an experiment with that milestone as its central mission. The ITER facility has been designed to produce a deuterium-tritium burning plasma with fusion power of 500 MW, sustained for at least 400 s with auxiliary heating power no more than one-tenth of the fusion output power (gain of 10). The ITER project is under way as a collaboration of seven partner nations. Construction at the Cadarache, France site and fabrication of materials and components in the partners' industries have begun. With the ITER project now launched, the countries engaged in fusion research are planning, with renewed intensity, the research and major facilities needed to develop the materials and fusion nuclear technology for harnessing fusion energy. The talk will address the physics of ITER, its expected contributions to fusion development, and the development path to commercial fusion.

What UConn Physics Colloquium
When 2012-02-10
from 16:00 to 17:00
Where Gant Science Complex, Materials Science Building, Room IMS20
Note Refreshments will be prior to the talk, at 3:30 p.m., in the Gant Complex, Physics Library, Room P-103.
Contact George Rawitscher
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