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The Science of Fission and Fusion Energy

AST 309/MAE 309/PHY 309/ENE 309

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Power from the nucleus offers a low-carbon source of electricity. However, fission power presents risks: nuclear proliferation, accidents, attacks (c.f. Ukraine), and waste disposal. On the other hand, new designs promise improved safety and/or smaller unit sizes. Fusion carries less risk and R&D is making exciting progress. Furthermore, private companies are now promising to commercialize fusion in the 2030's. We will delve into the scientific underpinnings of these two energy sources, strengthening your physical insight and mathematical and computational skills, and giving you the tools to assess these issues for yourselves.
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Section P01

Section P02

  • Type: Precept
  • Section: P02
  • Status: C
  • Enrollment: 0
  • Capacity: 0
  • Class Number: 43193
  • Schedule: T 07:30 PM-08:50 PM