IAP 99 Non-Credit Activities by Sponsor

Plasma Science and Fusion Center

Plasma Science and Fusion Center IAP Series
Richard Temkin , Paul Rivenberg, Leslie Bromberg, Chiping Chen
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)
Prereq: none
This Open House is designed to introduce the MIT community to plasma physics research at the Plasma Science and Fusion Center, and areas of related interest. The three days will feature speakers from inside and outside MIT. All talks will be held in NW17-218, 175 Albany Street in Cambridge, unless otherwise indicated. Refreshments will be available before each talk. A pizza smorgasbord will be offered on Wednesday, January 20 at noon for those attending the talks.
Contact: Paul Rivenberg, NW16-284, x3-8101, rivenberg@psfc.mit.edu

Turbulence and Transport: the Secrets of Magnetic Confinement
Martin Greenwald
To use fusion as a practical energy source, we must first learn how to maintain matter at temperatures over 100 million degrees. The most promising approach, using magnetic fields as insulation to confine a hot ionized gas (plasma), has turned out to be one of the most challenging problems in classical physics. This talk will introduce the science that underlies magnetic confinement.
Wed Jan 20, 10-11:00am, NW17-218

In the Quest for Fusion: Status and Future Prospects
Rob Goldston Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
While great progress has been made in fusion research during the past year, the withdrawal of US involvement in ITER is moving the US fusion program to become more science oriented. Rob Goldston will discuss how this will affect the near and long term outlook of fusion research.
Wed Jan 20, 11am-12:00pm, NW17-218

Alcator and Versatile Toroidal Facility Tours
Tour MIT's two tokamaks: Alcator C-Mod, on which research scientists and graduate students perform fusion-related experiments, and the Versatile Toroidal Facility (VTF), which aids in the investigation of ionospheric plasmas.
Wed Jan 20, 01-02:00pm, NW17-218

Selected Applications of Plasma Physics in Industry
Dr. R. Torti, EPION Corp; Stanley Harrison, Harrison Engin'g
Plasma physics is an excellent training ground for many challenges in industrial research. The speaker will describe several near and long term industrial applications of plasma physics, based on the speaker's extensive experience in industry.
Thu Jan 21, 10-11:00am, NW17-218

Monitoring Trace Metals Air Pollution with Plasmas
Dr. Paul Woskov
The Plasma Technology Division of the PSFC has been involved in several award-winning environmental projects, both in remediation and in monitoring, including a particularly interesting device which monitors trace metals with plasmas.
Thu Jan 21, 11am-12:00pm, NW17-218

Plasma Applications Tour
Chiping Chen
Plasmas aren't just for fusion anymore. This tour will explore the spectrum of plasma applications being investigated at the PSFC.
Thu Jan 21, 12-01:00pm, NW17-218

Affordable TeV Accelerators
Dr. Kenneth Kreischer
After the demise of the SSC, the accelerator community has been searching for new, less expensive techniques for producing TeV electron beams that can be used for high energy research. This search has resulted in a variety of novel accelerator systems ranging from traditional microwave structures operating at higher frequencies to laser and plasma based systems. In this talk the requirements of a TeV collider will be discussed, and an overview of these new accelerating techniques will be presented.
Thu Jan 21, 02-03:00pm, NW17-218

Contribution of Energy Supply to Global Warming
Prof. Michael Golay
A discussion of the consequences of conventional energy generating methods.
Fri Jan 22, 10-11:00am, NW17-218

Plasma Heating Experiments in Space
Dr. William J. Burke
This lecture will describe some plasma heating experiments conducted in space for the controlled study of space plasma turbulence.
Fri Jan 22, 11am-12:00pm, NW17-218

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