• August 28, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • National University, Sanford Center Auditorium 11355 N. Torrey Pines Rd La Jolla, CA 92037
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    San Diego World Affairs Council

    Please join us to warmly welcome

    Dr. Alessandro Bortolon 

    "Fusion Energy Research and the Creation of Miniature Stars for Electricity"

    Wednesday, 28 August 2019

    Dr. Bortolon will introduce the concept of fusion energy, the energy source that powers the sun and the stars. During his presentation, Dr. Bortolon will present on the worldwide scientific and technological efforts to bring fusion energy to earth as a long term, safe, and clean energy source. 

    About our Speaker: Dr. Alessandro Bortolon

    Dr. Bortolon is a research physicist at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), a collaborative National Center for Fusion and Plasma Research run by Princeton University. Dr. Bortolon is part of the PPPL group working on the DIII-D tokamak in San Diego, located within the General Atomics Torrey Pines campus. Tokamaks are machines able to contain plasma at extremely high temperatures, where fusion reactions can happen. Only a few machines of this kind exist in the world and all groups of researchers working on them are trying to find the optimal conditions to develop a prototype able to generate consumable energy through fusion. 

    At DIII-D, Dr. Bortolon is leading the research on the effects of actively-injected, non-recycling impurities on key aspects of fusion plasma. He completed his doctoral research at the Swiss Federal Technical Institute focusing on measurement of intrinsic plasma rotation, momentum transport, and spontaneous rotation revealed in the TCV tokamak in Lausanne. He subsequently conducted his postdoctoral research at PPPL, on NSTX spherical torus, turning his interest to energetic particle physics, in particular fast-ion transport and fast-ion driven instabilities in the presence of externally applied magnetic perturbations. His present research on DIII-D investigates the use of controlled injection of low-Z, non-recycling impurities in form of solid granules or powder, as innovative tools to improve energy confinement, mitigate edge localized instabilities or address the issue of diverter power exhaust. 

    Wednesday, 28 August 2019


    National University, Sanford Center Auditorium

    11355 N. Torrey Pines Rd

    La Jolla, CA 92037 

    Complimentary parking on the National University campus

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    Registration/Reception: 6:00-6:30 p.m.

    Presentation, followed by a Q&A: 6:30-8:00 p.m.


    SDWAC Members: Free  

    Non-Members: $10  

    Student with student ID: $5  

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