IEEE Oakland/East Bay Life Member's Affinity Group
IEEE Santa Clara Valley Life Member's Affinity Group
Dinner Meeting
Date: Monday, November 7, 2011
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Place: Michaels At Shoreline
2960 Shoreline Blvd.
Mountain View, CA 94043
Speaker: Dr. Edward Moses
Director, National Ignition Facility
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Title: LIFE: Fusion Energy Soon Enough To Make A Difference
About the talk

LIFE (Laser Inertial Fusion Energy) is an advanced energy concept under development at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Based on physics and technology developed for the National Ignition Facility, a LIFE power plant has the potential to meet future worldwide energy needs in a safe, sustainable manner without harmful emissions to the atmosphere

The National Ignition Facility (NIF) is the world's largest and most energetic laser. The goal of the facility is to achieve controlled nuclear fusion and energy gain in the laboratory for the first time-in essence, creating a miniature star on Earth. NIF's 192 giant lasers, housed in a ten-story building the size of three football fields, will deliver at least 60 times more energy than any previous laser system. NIF will focus more than one million joules of ultraviolet laser energy on a tiny target in the center of its target chamber-creating conditions similar to those that exist only in the cores of stars and giant planets and inside a nuclear weapon. The resulting fusion reaction will release many times more energy than the laser energy required to initiate the reaction.

It is widely recognized that fusion energy provides a highly attractive solution to society's demand for safe, secure, environmentally sustainable energy-at a scale that meets our long-term needs. This presentation will present the LIFE approach to achieving this goal.

About the speaker

Dr. Edward Moses is the director for National Ignition Facility (NIF) and the principal associate director for the NIF and Photon Science organization at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). He has 20 years of experience developing Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration laser systems and 30 years of experience developing and managing complex laser systems and high-technology projects. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. from Cornell University. Dr. Moses joined LLNL in 1980. He has served as leader of the Atomic Vapor Laser Isotope Separation, senior vice president of Advanced Technology Applications, and program leader for the development of Peregrine, an advanced Monte Carlo technique for cancer treatment. First as project manager for NIF and then as principal associate director for the NIF and Photon Science Directorate at LLNL, he has been responsible for completing construction and bringing NIF into full operation. Dr. Moses is also the program director for the National Ignition Campaign, an effort aimed at achieving ignition in the laboratory for the first time. He holds patents in laser technology, inertial fusion energy, and computational physics and has received many honors, including the Jefferson Award for Public Service.

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