Auburn University to host international workshop featuring nuclear fusion

AUBURN – The College of Sciences and Mathematics, or COSAM, will host the 2011 Atomic Data and Analysis Structure workshop today through Saturday at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. This year marks the first time the ADAS workshop has been held outside Europe.

The primary focus of the workshop will be using nuclear fusion to make electricity. The process produces no greenhouse gases and creates less radioactive material than nuclear fission and therefore fewer problems with storing nuclear waste. There are several large experiments underway worldwide and some of the presenters at the conference will discuss these experiments.

The workshop will also feature some recent astrophysics research. Presenters will represent a wide range of countries including United Kingdom, Romania, France, Russia, Italy and the United States.

Attending the conference will be Bas Braams of Vienna, Austria, a representative of the International Atomic Energy Authority and head of the Atomic and Molecular Data Unit. His primary responsibility is to support efforts of member states in research into nuclear fusion through the provision of databases of atomic, molecular and plasma-material interaction processes.

For more information, go to http://www.adas.ac.uk/workshop2011.php.

(Contributed by Candis Birchfield.)

Candis Birchfield, (334) 844-5734 (ceh0012@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)