Hanscom Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, Meeting

Thursday, 5 October 2006

MIT Lincoln Laboratory Auditorium

Refreshments: 3:30 PM, Talk 4 - 5 PM

Joint Meeting with the IEEE Life Members

Nuclear Renaissance

Prof. Ian H. Hutchinson, Head of the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering, MIT.


As energy sustainability and environmental impact becomes of increasing concern, nuclear power appears more and more attractive. This talk will explain for the non-expert where nuclear energy use currently stands in the US and the world, what is being done to enable new capacity to be built, the limitations and challenges of fission energy, and some of the current research topics of the profession.

Ian H. Hutchinson is Professor and Head of the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT. His primary research interest is the magnetic confinement of plasmas: seeking to enable fusion reactions, the energy source of the stars, to be used for practical energy production. He and his MIT team designed, built and operate the Alcator C-Mod tokamak, an experiment whose magnetically confined plasmas, with temperatures reaching beyond 50 million degrees Celsius, are prototypical of a future fusion reactor. He is the author of over 130 journal articles and of the key text on plasma measurements: "Principles of Plasma Diagnostics", now in its second edition. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Institute of Physics, and Vice Chairman of the APS Division of Plasma Physics.

The meeting will be held at the Lincoln Lab Auditorium at 4:00 PM. Refreshments will be served at 3:30 PM.  Registration is in the main lobby.  Foreign national visitors to Lincoln Lab require visit requests.  Please pre-register by e-mail to reception@ll.mit.edu and indicate your citizenship. You will not receive a confirmation of your pre-registration, however, your badge will be ready for you when you register.   Please use the Wood Street Gate.  For directions go to http://www.ll.mit.edu For other information, contact Ed Altshuler, Chairman at (781)377-4662 or edward.altshuler@hanscom.af.mil or Paul H. Carr, Sigma Xi President. Paulcarr@alum.mit.edu (603 413 6566 )