The Scientific Challenges of Fusion Power

Imagine holding a lump of jelly - the plasma - with a few pieces of knitting - a magnetic field - and the plasma is ten times hotter than the core of the sun, while the magnets are held within a few degrees of absolute zero, and you have some idea of the materials challenge...

  • Mon 30th Oct 2017

Fusion is in many ways the perfect energy source. It is abundant, sustainable, safe and it has minimal environmental impact. We have been able to make substantial amounts of Fusion power (16MW) in JET at Culham laboratory. But we have not yet achieved a self sustained fusion burn. In this lecture, Prof. Cowley will review the challenges and the advances in technology that would help fusion become a commercial technology.

Prof. Steven Cowley, Corpus Christi College, Oxford

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The lecture will be preceded by a short presentation from a CSAR PhD Student Award winner

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