IAP Seminars

Held every January, the IAP is an opportunity for members of the MIT community to participate and learn about topics beyond their customary areas of interest. At the PSFC, IAP activities are organized around a set of seminars and tours which are targeted for audiences both inside and outside our Center.

Jan 26, 2018

The cosmic origin of the chemical elements

Anna Frebel

Professor of Physics / MIT

We are made from star stuff -- but how exactly? I will describe how elements up to and including iron are made in fusion processes within the hot cores of stars, and how all the heavier elements are synthesized in neutron-capture processes. 

11:00am  |  NW17-218

Past Events

Feb 2, 2017

How to control the climate

David Keith

Harvard University

What tools exist, or could reasonably be developed, to directly alter the Earth's climate? What are the limits to solar geoengineering? What are the ethics might apply to the development of such tools?

2:00pm  |  NW17-218

Jan 25, 2017

How the universe magnetizes itself: instabilities, turbulence and magnetic reconnection.

Nuno Loureiro


It is reasonably well established that magnetic fields were not created in the Big Bang, so a question naturally arises as to where they come from. Understanding cosmic magnetogenesis, as the problem is usually called, is plasma physics at its very best. Prof. Loureiro will describe these processes at an introductory level, and their role in magnetic field generation, amplification and dynamics.

2:00pm  |  1-190

Jan 23, 2017

New financing models for funding fusion energy

Andrew Lo

MIT Sloan School of Management

The recent announcement by Softbank of a $100 billion technology fund suggests that there *is* money available if we can create a financially attractive investment vehicle to commercialize fusion technology.

2:00pm  |  NW17-218

Jan 13, 2017

High-energy-density physics on NIF

Warren Hsing

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Warren Hsing will summarize experiments and future capabilities at the National Ignition Facility.

2:00pm  |  NW17-218

Jan 13, 2017

High-Energy-Density Physics Laboratory tour

Cody Parker and Graeme Sutcliffe


This tour showcases Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) research at MIT. The PSFC High-Energy-Density Physics group has developed and/or calibrated a number of nuclear diagnostics installed on the OMEGA laser at the University of Rochester, NY, and on the National Ignition Facility in Livermore, CA, to study nuclear products generated in fusion reactions.  

1:00pm  |  NW17-218

Jan 11, 2017

Alcator C-Mod tour

Alex Tinguely


Visit the Alcator C-Mod tokamak, a major fusion energy experiment that recently completed its final run with breakthrough results. Alcator C- Mod is the third in a series of tokamak devices at MIT that use very high magnetic fields to confine plasmas operating near 100,000,000 degrees.

4:00pm  |  NW17-218