Star in a Bottle: The Promises and Challenges of Nuclear Fusion

May 9, 2024 | 2–3pm
Williamsburg Regional Library
Particle orbits in a tokamak
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Williamsburg Regional Library


412 N Boundary St.
Williamsburg, VA 23185
United States

In December 2022, the National Ignition Facility announced the first-ever fusion reaction to produce more power than was absorbed. In this talk, Ryan Chaban, recent Physics PhD from William & Mary, will explain the science of nuclear fusion, from the quantum level to the macroscale plasma physics involved. Learn about the remaining engineering and technological hurdles to potentially making fusion a sustainable and safe energy source. Ryan will discuss the future of fusion while examining the way the world is reacting to this technology and its possibilities.

The lecture will be given at the Stryker Center at the Williamsburg Regional Library, and more information can be found here: 

This event is part of a broader lecture series, which is described here:


A Fusion Energy Week Event

Fusion Energy Week: May 6-10, 2024