Particle and Astroparticle Physics Colloquium Hamburg

Nuclear Fusion as an Energy Source: Recent Developments

by Prof. Hartmut Zohm (IPP)

Villa (SR5) (Zeuthen)

Villa (SR5)



Fusion of hydrogen nuclei is the energy source of the stars. For more than 50 years, researchers have been working to make this process usable on Earth. The potential of an almost unlimited energy source for baseload consumption has its appeal: the primary fuels deuterium and lithium are abundant on Earth, and the resulting radioactive waste is much less critical than that of fission power plants. Could this make an important contribution to solving the world's energy problem? Recent success in producing fusion energy on Earth has led to increased interest and engagement in Fusion Energy development around the world from both industry and politics.

The lecture will show how a fusion power plant should be realized on earth. In particular, the confinement of hot hydrogen plasmas in magnetic fields in tokamaks and stellarators will be discussed, but also the principle of inertial fusion will be outlined. The current status of research and the recent experimental successes in different fusion facilities around the world are presented. Finally, the way forward towards a fusion power plant is discussed.


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Meeting ID: 996 1652 8733 
Meeting Password: 733220

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Andrew Taylor