Dr. Adam B. Cohen
Dr. Adam B. Cohen, Deputy Director for Operations at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory will visit Seton Hall University on Friday, October 28 at 3 p.m. Dr. Cohen will present a lecture that looks at how fusion fits into the global energy picture, what research PPPL is doing these days and what the potential future progress might be, including the international effort known as ITER that attempts to realize viable and controlled thermonuclear fusion. Dr. Cohen's lecture is part of the Department of Physics' Colloquiums series which will take place in the Helen Lerner Amphitheatre (SC 101) in McNulty Hall.
For nearly sixty years, there has been a sustained international research effort into developing controlled nuclear fusion with the aim of producing fusion power for the production of electricity. Much of the pioneering and cutting-edge research has been done at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), the U.S. Department of Energy national fusion research laboratory located in Princeton, New Jersey.
The Sun is an example in nature of a nuclear fusion energy source. Nuclear fusion is the process by which two or more atomic nuclei join together or "fuse" to form a single heavier nucleus. This fusion of the nuclei is usually accompanied by the release or absorption of large quantities of energy. Fusion is the process that powers not only our Sun, but all the active stars in the universe.
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