PSFC Seminar: G. Kulcinski

Monday, May 17, 2021 at 1:00pm to 2:00pm

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The use of fusion energy for near term applications before we reach Q=1

Gerald Kulcinski
University of Wisconsin Madison

The United States has been engaged in fusion research for ≈ 70 years and has at least another 20 to 30 years to go until we reach Q>1 in a power reactor.  While electricity from fusion energy will certainly be a “game changer” with respect to lowering the carbon footprint of the nation, there are other possibilities to use fusion energy in the next 5-10 years.  Approximately 20 different non-electricity producing near-term applications that could be put into effect in that time period have been identified and 5 of them will be briefly discussed in this seminar. Some of these applications are commercially attractive such as the production of medical imaging radioisotopes or neutron radiography while others have homeland security/defense implications.

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Sustainability, climate change, fusion, radiology, plasma, medical imaging


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