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2019 Fall Kick-off Part 2 - "Fusion Power - Inexhaustible, Clean, but....?"

Monday, October 14, 2019, 6:00pm-9:00pm EDT
Event format: 
In-Person / Local
Posted by Peter Sibilski
58 Eisenhower Parkway
Roseland, NJ 07687-1634
United States

"Fusion Power - Inexhaustible, clean, but...?

The promise of inexhaustible fuel from seawater with no radioactive waste byproducts has mesmerized generations of physicists since the 1940’s. Nearly a hundred billion research & development dollars have been spent without getting any closer to a practical fusion reactor. Why? This lecture will explore the two main paths pursued so far - Magnetic Confinement Fusion reactors, (a.k.a. Tokamaks), and Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF), principally laser fusion. What are the results so far? What are the roadblocks, and what are the prospects of a practical power-producing reactor in the next decade?