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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 1960s, with improvements happening faster than 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, along with their input to the next large fusion device being built in Cadarache, France: ITER.
Fusion, the nuclear reaction that powers the Sun and the stars, is a potential source of safe, non-carbon emitting and virtually limitless energy. Harnessing fusion's power is the goal of ITER, which has been designed as the key experimental step between today's fusion research machines and tomorrow's fusion power plants.
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Plasma Operations & Boundary Physics Unit, UKAEA – Culham - UKAEA - Culham
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.
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