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20Nov2012: Prospects for Laser Fusion Energy

CAFÉ SCIENTIFIQUE LAUNCESTON

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 20th November at 7.00pm at Jericho’s, Launceston, as usual.

The speaker will be Professor Henry Hutchinson formerly Director of the Central Laser Facility of the CLRC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Imperial College London and the University of Bordeaux, France. The subject of his talk will be : “Prospects for Laser Fusion Energy”

Research towards the development of controlled nuclear fusion as a future source of clean energy is discussed. The approaches employed for its generation will be described with particular reference to the use of high power lasers to create the extreme conditions of temperature and pressure required to ignite a small pellet of hydrogen isotopes and demonstrate the basic science required for the production of energy.

Henry Hutchinson was educated at Queen’s University, Belfast. He was appointed to a lectureship at Imperial College, London in 1973 and subsequently to the position of Professor of Physics. His research was in the field of the development of lasers and their applications. He moved to the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire in 1997 as Director of the Central Laser Facility and subsequently became Chief Scientist of the parent organisation, the national Research Council, CCLRC, (now STFC). He retired from this position approximately five years ago and took up a part-time position of Professor at the University of Bordeaux in France. He was also Chief Scientific Adviser to a major scientific project in the Aquitaine Region, carrying out research on new methods of producing nuclear fusion for clean, carbon-free energy generation. He retired from this position in 2011. He has published over 100 papers in learned scientific journals.

We look forward to seeing you at Jericho’s on 20th

Next year’s programme will be available at the meeting.

All best wishes

Colin Webb

www.cafescilaunceston.org