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Departmental Colloquium

Overview of Tritium Fuel Cycle Research at Savannah River National Laboratory  
Guest Speaker
Dr. George Larsen  
Guest Affiliation
Savannah River National Laboratory  
Prof. Yiping Zhao,  
Thursday, November 18, 2021 3:55 pm - 4:55 pm  
Physics Auditorium (202) and Zoom  

Recent developments, along with significant private investment, has spurred increased interest in fusion as a carbon-free source of energy. Hydrogen isotopes are the most promising fuel for a fusion reactor, but the development of the associated fuel cycle presents unique challenges and opportunities. Tritium, in particular, produces additional complexity due to its scarcity and radioactivity. In this talk, I provide an overview of recent and ongoing tritium fuel cycle research at SRNL in support of fusion energy. In addition, the recent management transition at SRNL includes strategic partnerships with regional universities in Georgia and South Carolina, including the University of Georgia. Therefore, I will also provide a brief overview of SRNL, opportunities for student internships, and highlight areas of potential collaboration.

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