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Special Session Thursday 19 January, 9AM MST or 17:00–18:00 CET
The IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) is organizing Episode 4 of its webinar series about the latest breakthroughs and landmark achievements in fusion R&D. In this special episode, experts from the US DOE Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), National Ignition Facility (NIF) will present results from the historic fusion breakthrough announced on December 13, 2022: scientific energy gain for the first time in a fusion experiment.
9:00AM MST or 17:00 CET
How Ignition and Target Gain was achieved in inertial fusion
Moderator: Omar A. Hurricane, LLNL, USA. Panel: Jean M. Di Nicola, Annie Kritcher, Andrew MacKinnon, Abbas Nikroo, Bruno Van Wonterghem and Alex Zylstra, LLNL, USA
For many decades, the running joke in fusion research has been that `fusion’ is twenty years away and always will be. Yet, this year we find ourselves in a position where we can talk about the milestones of burning plasmas, fusion ignition, and target energy gain greater than unity in the past tense – a situation that is remarkable! This session will discuss the applied physics challenges that needed to be overcome to achieve these milestones and the strategy LLNL’s team followed. To help understand the story, several key physics principles of inertial fusion will be presented and explained (e.g., burning, ignition, and gain) in the context of inertial fusion research.
To ensure attendance, please download and install WebEx on your laptop/device or join the event in your browser using Google Chrome. For any question, please contact: M.Barbarino@iaea.org
Note. Sunday's 60 Minutes is also featuring an update on nuclear fusion. You may also find of interest the views of Isabelle Boemeke, a popular fashion model from Brazil. She is on a mission to convince the public that nuclear energy - specifically fusion, is THE best option for replacing fossil fuels.
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