Department of Physics and Astronomy
Stony Brook University
7:30 pm; ESS Building, Room 001
Friday, May 8, 2015

Harnessing the Power of the Sun: The Challenges of Terrestrial Fusion

Prof. Michael Zingale

Stars are powered by thermonuclear fusion—converting light nuclei into heavier ones, releasing an enormous amount of energy in the process. For decades, scientists have sought to replicate this power source for commercial generation, but have not yet succeeded in getting more energy out of their reactors than they put in. In this talk, we will discuss the promise of commerical fusion and the challenges that must be overcome to make it a reality.

Prof. Zingale is an Associate Professor of Astronomy in Stony Brook's department of Physics and Astronomy. He joined the Department in 2006, coming most recently from a postdoctoral position at the University of California at Santa Cruz. His research is in modeling stellar explosions and the basic physics therein, and he is an expert in numerical hydrodynamics.