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  • S4E2 – STEPisode

    UK nuclear fusion energy got a big budget boost last year as designs for a power plant prototype were commissioned – a project called STEP. We sit down with UKAEA...

  • New podcasting kit!

    In April 2019 the ‘A Glass of Seawater’ podcast team won the Rutherford Plasma Physics Communication Prize and in January the team spent their prize money on new podcasting equipment....

  • S4E1 – Laser Fusion Schemes

    A second round on laser fusion energy ignition research! Here we discuss advanced ignition schemes and big laser facilities. We also get to have a closer look at what Phil,...

  • S3-E8 Superconductors

    Magnets are mission critical to magnetic confinement nuclear fusion energy and find their way into laser fusion too. Understanding the strongest magnetic fields using near-absolute zero temperature materials science would...

  • 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...