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  • S3-E7 Fusion Energy: Nuclear Waste Not, Want Not?

    Nuclear energy expertise from fusion and fission combines in this episode to talk about the nuclear waste from fusion reactor designs. Where does it come from? How do we avoid...

  • Rutherford Plasma Physics Communication Prize

    In April, the Fusion CDT supported ‘A Glass of Seawater’ podcast won the Rutherford Plasma Physics Communication Prize for its success in bringing plasma physics to new audiences. The prize...

  • S3-E6 A Day in the PhD Life

    Most of us have an impression of what student life is like but maybe not that of a PhD student. This episode we have Sam, Helen, Tiantian and Emma to...

  • S3E5 – Plasma Thrusters for Space

    How can we use plasma jets for propulsion? Scott’s been working on using fusion fuel as rocket technology for cubesats (satellites). We talk about Hall effect and photon thrusters too....

  • S3E4 – Jim Al-Khalili SciComm Special

    For our anniversary episode we sat down with Prof Jim Al-Khalili! We talked about science communication (scicomm) with him and Dr Lancaster – their motivation, experiences and how to talk...

  • S3E2 – Nobel Prize: CPA explained

    This time Will, Charlie, Kate and newcomer Chris M have gathered to talk about this year’s Nobel Prize Winner: Chirped Pulse Amplification. We break down exactly what this technological breakthrough...

  • S3E1 – The basics of high power lasers

    Newcomers Chris and Sarah join Bhavin and Will to talk about lasers and the technology that goes into them. Also why lasers are so important and a brief look into...

  • S2E4 – 99 Percent of Nearly Everything

    The last glass in our set: what can we do with plasma besides fusion energy? The answers will include fundamental physics, manufacturing, medicine and space tech… and we’re just getting...

  • S2E3 -Blood, Sweat and Materials Science

    Never mind the seawater. Today it’s all about the glass and its materials. What happens in the challenging environments of a fusion reactor? Does the glass even exist yet? And...

  • S2E2 – Now for Something Completely Laser

    This time our glass is positively effervescent – filled with High Energy Density Physics. To Will’s delight, we finally recorded an episode on laser fusion. In this episode we give...