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Fri 28 Nov 2014, 3:00pm
Department Colloquium
MATX 1100
Graduate Research Award lecture: Magnetized Target Fusion: Insights from Mathematical Modelling
MATX 1100
Fri 28 Nov 2014, 3:00pm-4:00pm


Magnetized target fusion reactors are a modern design to for hydrogen fusion energy on earth. The design entails confining a plasma with a magnetic field and crushing it in an imploding shell of molten metal. Such a design has many unresolved questions in terms of its feasibility as a power source and the most important elements in making it efficient. In this talk, we will look into two of the approaches undertaken to explore these questions. Firstly, through a coordinate transformation and implementing a novel flux-limited, split-step, finite volume scheme for nonlinear coupled hyperbolic partial differential equations, we do a parameter sensitivity analysis for the design performance. Secondly, by a careful series of asymptotic arguments, we establish a leading order asymptotic expression for the plasma compression. This expression is qualitatively consistent with the numerical work, but it also gives new insights into how the device operates. We will conclude with a look into the viability of magnetized target fusion and its future work.

Note for Attendees

Refreshments will be served at 2:45pm in the Math Lounge area, MATH 125 before the colloquium.