Lecturer: Dr. Richard Pitts (ITER Organization). The ITER project aims
at demonstrating the technological viability of fusion energy. Dr. Pitts is
responsible for divertor and first wall design for ITER. These components are
exposed to the extremely hot plasma and are therefore critical for the success of
Abstract: The ITER project is under construction at the Cadarache site
in Southern France. It represents the next big step in tokamak magnetic
confinement fusion science and aims to contain and hold steady a thermonuclear
plasma for pulse lengths of up to several tens of minutes at net fusion gain
factors of around 10. The device embodies the accumulated knowledge of decades
of research by tens of thousands of fusion physicists and engineers and will
be twice the linear size of the biggest tokamak (JET) ever built. Its
construction represents a major technological challenge and its operation will
take future operators into previously unattainable territory regarding such
parameters as plasma current, plasma stored energy, particle fluences to
plasma-facing components, all in a nuclear environment. This talk aims to
provide a brief status of the construction activity, to illustrate some of the
major components of the machine and to outline examples of these technological
and scientific challenges.
Registration (recommended): Via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Monday
31st of October.
The lecture is free of charge.