Future of Fusion

Today’s speaker at All School Meeting was John Rice.  He is the Principle Researcher over at the fusion reactor at MIT.  I haven’t been there in a few years, but when I taught the Junior Science Seminar, I used to bring the students on a tour there every year.  There are not many places where you can walk around inside of a nuclear fusion reactor!  The wires going into this thing are thicker than me!

When you go in there you have to wear a hard had.

high school students tour alcator c-mod tokamakgraduates work on Alcator C-Mod

Maybe if I teach it again I’ll take another trip there.  Or maybe I should go there with the freshmen in June.

I got my own start with nuclear fusion doing a two week summer program when I was 21 working at Lawrence Livermore Lab. It was fun, and I was working on a Kerr Cell for what they called the Nova Upgrade, which is the other type of nuclear fusion which uses Internal Confinement Fusion.  In other words, really BIG lasers.