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Man’s Quest for Fusion and the Role of ITER

Mark HendersonOn Friday, May 20 at 6 pm, the American Museum of Science and Energy will host Man’s Quest for Fusion and the Role of ITER by Mark Henderson, member of the Technical Staff, ITER Organization, St. Paul-les-Durrance, France.

Henderson will provide a first-hand account of the wide scope of technologies involved in operation of the ITER tokamak, as well as the current status of design, development and construction of the experimental fusion facility. ITER is the only fusion device in the world that is presently being designed to achieve a burning plasma of hydrogen isotopes.

Mark Henderson acquired a PhD in Plasma Physics in 1991 with his thesis on the design, construction and initial operation of the Compact Auburn Torsatron. He performed a Post Doctorate at the Center for Research in Plasma Physics (CRPP) in Lausanne, Switzerland participating in the design, construction and operation of the microwave heating system on the variable configuration tokamak (TCV) at the Swiss Plasma Center. Mark became a permanent scientist at TCV working on the microwave system and associated experiments. In 2004, he proposed an alternative design for the ITER microwave launching antenna, which was accepted. In 2008, he left CRPP for ITER to be in charge of the development of microwave heating system

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