IAP 2002 Activity

Plasma Science and Fusion Center IAP Series
Richard Temkin, Abhay Ram, Jay Kesner, Bob Childs
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)
Prereq: none

This Open House series is designed to introduce the MIT community to plasma physics research at the Plasma Science and Fusion Center, and areas of related interest. Refreshments will be available before each talk.
Contact: Paul Rivenberg, NW16-284, x3-8101,
Sponsor: Plasma Science and Fusion Center

Numerical Simulations: A Bridge Between Astrophysics and the Laboratory
Robert Rosner University of Chicago
The speaker will discuss the role that numerical simulations play in bridging the gap between astrophysical processes we would like to understand but don't and laboratory experiments in which such processes can be explored albeit under conditions that are far from astrophysical.
Mon Jan 14, 10am-11:00pm, NW17-218

Phantom in the Vacuum: Laboratory Experiments on Space Plasmas
Walter Gekelman Plasma Physics Laboratory, UCLA
Satellites and rocket probes have helped us understand that our solar system is filled with plasma. In the past two decades we have learned that this plasma is host to violent shock waves, magnetic and electric storms, complex current systems and magnetic topologies, and a large variety of waves. While many insights into what happens "up there" come from spacecraft data, it is now possible to explore some of these phenomena in carefully designed laboratory experiments. We will discuss how these experiments are conceived and performed, and compare data derived from laboratory experiments to that received from spacecraft. Some of the results will be illustrated in computer generated movies
Mon Jan 14, 11am-12:00pm, NW17-218

Real World Problems - Applications of Plasmas to the Electronics Industry
Richard Post NEXX Systems
Applying plasmas to industrial processing in the electronics industry uncovers a host of real world problems, ranging from materials interactions to business financing. The speaker will elaborate on these issues for students, engineers and scientists who might like to enter this exciting field.
Mon Jan 14, 02-03:00pm, NW17-218

The Physics and Engineering of the Alcator C-Mod Tokamak
James Irby
Alcator C-Mod is one of three national facilities dedicated to understanding the complex physics arising in devices exploiting the tokamak concept for a fusion reactor. The design and construction of Alcator C-Mod, its power, control, and diagnostic systems, and the remarkable physics being learned about these intense plasmas will be discussed.
Tue Jan 15, 10-11:00am, NW17-218

Tours of PSFC Experiments
Compare three experimental plasma devices: Alcator C-Mod, a high-field tokamak involved in fusion research; the Versatile Toroidal Facility (VTF), a tokamak built by MIT students and currently used to study magnetic reconnection and ionospheric plasma; and the Levitated Dipole Experiment (LDX), MIT's newest fusion experiment.
Tue Jan 15, 11am-12:00pm, NW17-218

Francesca Bombarda
Ignitor is the first experiment designed to reach ignition on the basis of existing technologies and knowledge of plasma physics. This talk will present an overview of the machine design, the heating methods and control strategies for reaching ignition, and some alternative operation schemes.
Wed Jan 16, 11am-12:00pm, NW17-218

The Politically Correct Nuclear Energy Plant
Andrew Kadak
This talk will summarize's MIT's effort to contribute to solving the global warming problem in a safe, competitive, and clean way using an advanced nuclear plant that is being developed by students and faculty in the Nuclear Engineering Department. It is hoped that this plant can be built in the next 5 years as a reseach/demonstration project for continued technology development in a consortium effort with universities, industry, and national laboratories.
Wed Jan 16, 02-03:00pm, NW17-218

Ultra-High Vacuum Workshop
Johan E. deRijke, Varian Company
This seminar will cover a wide range of vacuum related topics from vacuum system operation, gauges and troubleshooting to determining total gas loads, system pressure and materials selection. There will be a lunch break from 12:00 - 1:00PM. To register contact Paul Rivenberg,, 617-253-8101.
Thu Jan 17, 10am-03:00pm, NW17-218
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