The Physsoc public lecture series is back from the summer break and ready for a year of fantastic lectures!
Starting off is a insight into the physics of fusion power from the departments own Professor Kieran Gibson. He is currently deputy head of the York Physics Department, a lecturer and a researcher. Here is an introduction to the lecture from the man himself.
'Fusion power offers the prospect of a secure energy supply which is inherently safe, free from greenhouse emissions and potentially capable of supplying baseload electricity production needs for future generations. The technical, engineering and scientific challenges in harnessing fusion energy through magnetically confined plasmas are immense, and this presentation will outline progress towards making fusion power a reality, providing a historical perspective on progress in fusion plasma performance. The talk will provide a forward look at future plans, focussing on the ITER device, the largest fusion energy device ever, currently under construction in the south of France. As well as highlighting the scientific and engineering challenges that must be overcome, the talk will also discuss the economics of developing fusion in the context of other alternative energy sources for the future.' - Professor Kieran Gibson