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Oxford reacts to Sir David Attenborough

Oxford reacts to Sir AttenboroughProfessor Peter Norreys, Supernumerary Fellow in Physics, has been awarded a €700k two-year grant from EUROfusion to work on “routes towards high gain inertial fusion energy”.

The grant directly addresses Sir David Attenborough’s call for action at the UN Climate Change conference last month in Poland. The team are preparing to use the Megajoule Laser facility in Bordeaux, France.

Sir David Attenborough called climate change “the greatest threat” humanity has faced in thousands of years at the opening ceremony of the conference. He also took the “People’s seat”, acting as a link between public and policy-makers.

Professor Norreys’s group is exploring various research topics including plasma accelerators, quantum optics, and machine learning. Fusion energy is a theoretical form of generating energy via the heat created by nuclear fusion reactions. During the fusion process two lighter atomic nuclei combine to form a heavier nucleus, releasing energy.

Image: CEA.

Published: 28 January 2019

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