Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Dill-D Tokamak Systems
National Fusion Facility Tour


Members free
Non-members $40 or join at the door.
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The January program is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the Tokamak fusion facility. Fluid Systems Principal Engineer and speaker, Harry Yip of General Atomics, will give a presentation and conduct a special tour available only to the ISA San Diego Section. More photos below.

About Nuclear Fusion

Fusion is the energy-producing process which takes place continuously in the sun and the stars. The hot fusion plasma consists of fully detached ions and electrons. For earth-bound fusion power plants, the fuel consists of isotopes of Hydrogen (Deuterium and Tritium) whose supply is basically limitless.

Today, we are closer than ever to realizing the dream of harnessing the nuclear process that powers our sun. Fusion produces minimal waste and offers the hope of an almost limitless supply of safe, dependable energy.

The sun confines its hot plasma through the force of gravity. On earth, scientists cannot use gravity but are instead experimenting with magnetic confinement and inertial confinement. Magnetic confinement uses the physics principle that charged particles tend to follow magnetic field lines, thereby containing the plasma in a "magnetic vessel." Inertial confinement keeps the plasma together by inertial forces alone. This requires enormous pulses of energy from a number of focused lasers or particle beams and includes both magnetically- and inertially-confined fusion plasmas.

Tour Details

  Dill-D Tokamak Systems National Fusion Facility
  General Atomics
  3550 General Atomics Ct
  San Diego, CA 92121

  Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009

  5:30pm Pizza
  6:00pm Program
  6:30pm Tour
Confirm times & food arrangements when you RSVP

Cost: $40 for non-members; free to members and those who join at the tour.

RSVP: Tim Cushman, (619) 746-3356 or .

Exit the 5 Fwy at Genesee Avenue and head west. Turn right on John Jay Hopkins Drive. Turn right on General Atomics Court. Identify yourself at the Security Guard gate and follow their directions for parking.

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