Perspectives on high-energy-density science and inertial confinement fusion

4 Mar 2020 - 5:00pm
Martin Wood Complex, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PU
Martin Wood Lecture Theatre
Specialised / research interest

Marking 80 years of the Frisch-Peierls Memorandum

Perspectives on high-energy-density science and inertial confinement fusion
Dr Kim Budil, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA
High-energy-density (HED) experiments are allowing us to probe regimes of temperature and pressure previously inaccessible in the laboratory and are delivering data to improve our models of hydrodynamic behaviour, radiation transport, and material properties. Significant progress in imaging and other diagnostics for the HED platforms has brought new insight into these phenomena and is essential for eventually realising the goal of fusion ignition in the laboratory. The growing experimental opportunities provide a rich environment for developing the skills of our next-generation workforce and building collaborations with the worldwide HED community.

Trinity: Peierls from fission and fusion to Fuchs
Professor Emeritus Frank Close, University of Oxford, UK
A year after Frisch and Peierls wrote their memorandum, Peierls needed an assistant. Klaus Fuchs joined him, and even lived with the Peierls family almost like a son. Meanwhile Fuchs was betraying the Peierls – and everyone – by passing their atomic secrets to the Soviet Union. This talk reveals for the first time two pieces of evidence of his duplicity with fusion.

NOTE: Due to unforeseen circumstances Dr Frazier, originally listed as a guest speaker for this event, is now unable to attend.

Register to attend this free special lecture followed by drinks reception (You will need to use the password '80Years'):