MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2018 Activities by Sponsor - Plasma Science and Fusion Center

Plasma Science and Fusion Center IAP Series

Martin Greenwald, Deputy Director, PSFC, Paul Rivenberg, Communications and Outreach Coordinator, Abhay Ram, Principal Research Scientist, Dennis Whyte, Director, PSFC; Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering

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

Asymptotology: A primer

Add to Calendar Jan/09 Tue 11:00AM-12:30PM NW17-218
Add to Calendar Jan/11 Thu 11:00AM-12:30PM NW17-218
Add to Calendar Jan/16 Tue 11:00AM-12:30PM NW17-218
Add to Calendar Jan/18 Thu 11:00AM-12:30PM NW17-218

Asymptotology: a primer on the art of caricature in applied mathematics

The goal of this IAP course, which consists of four 90 minute lecture sessions, is to equip the students with the fundamental ideas and techniques needed to construct asymptotic solutions to differential equations. For more information click here

Ryan White - Postdoctoral Associate

Engineering superconducting Qubits

Add to Calendar Jan/10 Wed 02:00PM-03:00PM NW17-218

Quantum engineering of superconducting Qubits

Superconducting qubits are coherent artificial atoms assembled from electrical circuit elements. Over the past decade superconducting qubits have moved from the realm of scientific curiosity to the threshold of technical reality. We review this progress and how MIT is creating a future of engineered quantum systems. For more information click here.

William Oliver - Professor of Physics

The oceans in a warming world

Add to Calendar Jan/12 Fri 02:00PM-03:00PM NW17-218

Why have global-mean ocean surface temperatures not warmed in the last decade despite CO2 continuing to rise in the atmosphere? Why is the Arctic losing sea-ice, but not the Antarctic? Will Gulf Stream currents change? To learn more click here.

John Marshall - Cecil & Ida Green Professor

Manufacturing, fusion, wolves and hiking

Add to Calendar Jan/22 Mon 02:00PM-03:00PM NW17-218

Additive manufacturing (AM+), fusion technology, wolves and places I like to hike

Nygren explores AM+processes as a transformative technology for manufacturing robust plasma facing components or future fusion reactors.   He offers ideas about such reactors, the various technologies needed, and the potential for AM+ to enable innovations, mixing in humor and slides of his wilderness treks. For more info click here.  

Richard Nygren - Research Scientist

Discovery Science on NIF

Add to Calendar Jan/23 Tue 11:00AM-12:00PM NW17-218

Exploring the universe through discovery science on NIF

Ultra-high power lasers at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) allow laboratory study of matter in extreme conditions - ordinarily only found in stars or in the cores of giant planets.  This talk will review some of the new science revealed by this unique facility.

Bruce Remington - Research Scientist

PSFC Lab Astrophysical Experiments

Add to Calendar Jan/23 Tue 02:00PM-03:00PM NW17-218

Recent progress in laboratory astrophysics experiments at MIT PSFC

Astrophysical phenomena are rich in exciting physics, providing tremendous but challenging opportunities for frontier sciences. This talk will outline a series of laboratory experiments recently performed at MIT PSFC.

Chikang Li - Senior Research Scientist

High-Energy Density Physics Lab Tour

Add to Calendar Jan/23 Tue 03:00PM-04:30PM NW17-218

Join members of the PSFC's High-Energy Density Physics Lab to see how MIT supports research into inertial confinement fusion, collaborating with LLNL's National Ignition Facility and the University of Rochester's OMEGA laser.

Session Leaders TBD

The cosmic origin of chemical elements

Add to Calendar Jan/26 Fri 11:00AM-12:00PM NW17-218

We are made from star stuff -- but how exactly? Prof. Frebel will describe how elements up to and including iron are made in fusion processes within the hot cores of stars, and how all the heavier elements are synthesized in neutron-capture processes. There are a several astrophysical sites where neutron-capture can take place, including neutron star mergers. For more information click here.


Anna Frebel - Professor of Physics

Design challenges of nuclear tokamaks

Add to Calendar Jan/31 Wed 02:00PM-03:00PM NW17-218

The design challenges of nuclear tokamaks - lessons learned so far

This talk presents some of the key challenges in designing a tokamak for fusion research, with focus on ITER, currently nearing full design finalization, and with much of its construction well advanced. It will include some lesser-known aspects of design that may surprise even the cognoscenti! For more information click here.

Tom Todd - Chief Technologist

Alcator C-Mod tokamak tour

Add to Calendar Jan/31 Wed 03:00PM-04:00PM 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