Speaker: Valentin Igochine
Max-Planck-Institute for Plasmaphysics, Munich
Title: A star on Earth - controlled nuclear fusion for power production
The question of energy source was and is one of the most important questions for our civilization. Sun produces its heat with nuclear fusion reaction. On Earth, we try to utilize this type of reaction for our needs. This is one of the key components of future power generation due to its safety and reduced needs for scarce resources. At the same time, the task is very challenging. One has to confine extremely hot matter at sun temperatures using strong magnetic fields to obtain reaction conditions.