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Departmental Colloquium

ITER: The Next Step Towards Realizing Fusion  
Guest Speaker
Dr. Mark Henderson  
Guest Affiliation
ITER, St. Paul-Les-Durrance, France  
Monday, September 11, 2017 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm  
Physics Auditorium (Rm 202)  
The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, or ITER, is being built in the south of France by an international collaboration of seven countries (US, EU, Japan, South Korea, India, China and Russia). ITER is a culmination of over 50 years of research in fusion and aims at producing a 10 fold gain in energy output, which will provide the necessary physics basis to then design and build demonstration reactors targeting a >40 fold gain. This talk will cover the basics of fusion energy and an overview of the ITER project. In addition, a brief description will be provided of the heating and current drive systems used to generate the 150 million degree temperatures required for sustaining the fusion reaction.