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Prof. Jeremy Chittenden - Inertial Confinement Fusion

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Thermonuclear fusion is the power source of the stars and has the potential to be an almost inexhaustible source of clean, renewable energy. Experiments on the National Ignition Facility at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in California are now tantalisingly close to achieving the ignition of a fusion plasma, but there is still a long way to go before this inertial fusion approach can be become a realistic energy source. In this lecture Professor Chittenden describes how computer simulations are being utilised in circumventing some of nature’s obstacles and helping us edge closer towards achieving ignition.

The talk is free for CUPS members, £2 for non-members, and will be followed by a wine reception.

This talk is part of the Cambridge University Physics Society series.

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