Summary: Perspective on Fusion Energy
Presentation at TWAS-ARO Meeting Bibliotheca Alexandria
December 21-22, 2009
Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Applied Science (UCLA)
Director, Center for Energy Science & Technology (UCLA)
President, Council of Energy Research and Education Leaders, CEREL (USA)
What is fusion?
Two light nuclei combining to form a heavier nuclei
(the opposite of nuclear fission). Fusion powers the Sun and Stars.
Deuterium and tritium is the easiest,
attainable at lower plasma temperature,
because it has the largest reaction
rate and high Q value.
The World Program is focused
on the D-T Cycle.
Illustration from DOE brochure