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Professor Steven Cowley
Director of UKAEA Culham Laboratory

Fusion Power – the Era of Burning Plasmas
In a decade, the international fusion experiment ITER will start operating in the south of France.  This historic experiment will generate up to 500 megawatts of fusion power and provide a proof of principle for fusion energy.  Fusion has the potential to provide a large fraction of our energy for millions of years.  I will describe the scientific progress in fusion -- from Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington’s prophetic predictions in 1920 to the remarkable results that have lead to ITER.  There are challenging problems that must be solved to make fusion power a commercial option.  I will outline these problems and worldwide efforts to find their solution

Biography:  Steven C Cowley
Professor Steven Cowley will become the Director of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority’s Culham Laboratory in September 2008.

He received his BA from Oxford University and his PhD. from Princeton University.  Professor Cowley’s post-doctoral work was at Culham laboratory and he returned to Princeton in 1987.  He joined the faculty at the University of California Los Angeles in 1993 rising to the rank of Full Professor in 2000.  From 2001 to 2003 he lead the plasma physics group at Imperial College London.  He remains a part time professor at Imperial College.  In 2004 he became Co-director of the DOE funded Center for Multi-scale Plasma Dynamics at UCLA. 

His main research interests are: the theory of fusion plasmas, the origin of magnetic fields in the universe, the theory of plasma turbulence and explosive behaviour in both laboratory and astrophysical plasmas.  He has published over 100 papers and articles.  Professor Cowley co-chaired the US National Academy’s decadal assessment of, and outlook for plasma science: Plasma Science: Advancing Knowledge in the National Interest (National Academy Press 2007).  He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Institute of Physics.





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