MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2017

Plasma Science and Fusion Center IAP Series

Abhay Ram, Principal Research Scientist, Paul Rivenberg, Communications and Outreach Coordinator, Martin Greenwald, Deputy Director, PSFC

Enrollment: Limited: First come, first served (no advance sign-up)
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions

This series introduces plasma physics research and areas of related interest at the Plasma Science and Fusion Center. See URL below.

Sponsor(s): Plasma Science and Fusion Center
Contact: Paul Rivenberg, NW16-284, 617 253-8101, RIVENBERG@PSFC.MIT.EDU

A high-magnetic field pathway to fusion

Jan/11 Wed 02:00PM-03:00PM 1-190

MIT's pathway for accelerated demonstration with high-magnetic field tokamaks

An intro to key concepts of producing clean, safe, and carbon-free electricity from magnetic fusion energy, this talk will review current fusion energy research, and introduce MIT's proposed path to using high-field superconducting magnets to achieve fusion energy at smaller unit size, lower cost, and on a timescale relevant to climate change.

Zach Hartwig - Assistant Professor

Alcator C-Mod tokamak tour

Jan/11 Wed 04:00PM-05:00PM NW17-218

Visit the Alcator C-Mod tokamak, a major fusion energy experiment that recently completed its final fun with breakthrough results. Alcator C- Mod is the third in a series of tokamak devices at MIT that use very high magnetic fields to confine plasmas operating near 100,000,000 degrees.


Session Leaders TBD

High-energy-density: MIT diagnostics

Jan/13 Fri 11:00AM-12:00PM NW17-218

Exploring high-energy-density science at OMEGA and the NIF using MIT-developed nuclear diagnostics

This overview of Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) and High-Energy-Density (HED) science, highlights MIT¿s High-Energy-Density Division work at two major US ICF facilities: Omega and the NIF.

Hong Weng Sio - Graduate Student

High-Energy-Density Physics Lab tour

Jan/13 Fri 01:00PM-02:00PM NW17-218

This tour showcases Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) research at MIT. The PSFC High-Energy-Density Physics group has developed and/or calibrated a number of nuclear diagnostics installed on the OMEGA laser at the University of Rochester, NY, and on the National Ignition Facility in Livermore, CA, to study nuclear products generated in fusion reactions.

Cody Parker - Postdoctoral Associate, Graeme Sutcliffe - Graduate Student

High-energy-density physics on NIF

Jan/13 Fri 02:00PM-03:00PM NW17-218

NIF is the most energetic laser in the world, allowing access to high energy densities ranging from Mbars in solid state to Gbars in implosions.  This enables the study of relevant physics spanning planetary cores, inertial confinement fusion, and supernovae. A summary of experiments and future capabilities will be presented.  

Warren Hsing - Program Director, High Energy Density S&T, NIF

New financing models for funding fusion

Jan/23 Mon 02:00PM-03:00PM NW17-218

One of the biggest hurdles to fusion energy is lack of funding. However, the recent announcement by Softbank of a $100 billion technology fund suggests that there *is* money available if we can create a financially attractive investment vehicle to commercialize fusion technology. In this talk, Prof. Lo will describe some of the necessary financial ingredients for launching such a fund.

Andrew Lo - Charles E. and Susan T. Harris Professor

How the universe magnetizes itself

Jan/25 Wed 02:00PM-03:00PM 1-190

It is reasonably well established that magnetic fields were not created in the Big Bang. A question naturally arises as to where they come from. Understanding cosmic magnetogenesis, as the problem is usually called, is plasma physics at its very best. Learn about these processes at an introductory level, and their role in magnetic field generation, amplification and dynamics.

Nuno Loureiro - Assistant Professor, NSE

How to control the climate

Feb/02 Thu 02:00PM-03:00PM NW17-218

What tools exist, or could reasonably be developed, to directly alter the Earth's climate? What are the limits to solar geoengineering? What are the ethics might apply to the development of such tools?

David Keith - Gordon McKay Prof. of Applied Physics