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Physics and Astronomy

Physics & Astronomy Colloquium

3:30 PM, Friday, April 13, 2012
Room 155, Chem-Phys Building

Dr. Bruce Vogelaar
Department of Physics
Virginia Polytechnic Institute

"GEMSTAR: A Nuclear Energy Paradigm Shift''

The presumption that nuclear reactors will retain their role in global energy production is constantly being challenged - even more so following recent events at Fukushima. Nuclear energy, despite being "green," has inexorably been coupled in the public mind with three paramount concerns: safety, weapons proliferation, and waste (and then ultimately cost). This talk will show that by asking, and answering, “what would an accelerator-driven civilian nuclear energy program look like," ADNA Corporation's GEM*STAR design directly addresses all three fundamental concerns: safety, proliferation, and waste - and also the final hurdle: cost.

Refreshments will be served in CP 179 at 3:15 PM