Anthony Shaw, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy
Nuclear Fusion is the process which powers the sun, but can we harness it on earth? Magnetically confined fusion has been under experimental development since the 1950s; this may seem like a long time, but progress has actually exceeded Moore's Law for computer chips. In this lecture, the foremost design of fusion reactor – the Tokamak – will be explained and features of the two fusion reactors located just south of Oxford in Culham – the UK-owned MAST and the European-owned JET – will be explored.
Refreshments from 18:00.
Anthony studied for a Master of Physics at the University of Warwick, undertaking a summer placement studying the dynamics of solar prominences in the Centre for Fusion, Space and Astrophysics there. After university Anthony moved straight onto the graduate scheme at Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, working in various areas as a supernumerary physicist. Following the graduate scheme, Anthony spent 2 years working with the Data and Coding group creating and maintaining data tools and software for research before moving to his current position as a plasma spectroscopist for JET.