July 21 (Tuesday) 10:00am – 11:30am, Online Presentation: Visiting the CERN and ITER Facilities: A journey through France and cutting-edge physics with Dr. John Meriwether, Professor Emeritus of Physics and Astronomy: Last September Dr. Meriwether had the great fortune to participate in a MIT alumni tour of the CERN and ITER facilities located in France. CERN is where the first concepts underlying the world wide web were born. It is the home for the world largest high energy collider that has the purpose of flinging two circular-moving beams filled with extremely high energy protons at each other to generate billions and billions of collisions. Detection, in 2012, was finally achieved by the Large Hadron Collider that is the key instrument of the CERN facility. He is very enthusiastic about his experiences and visiting the site which is 90 meters underground to arrive at the CMS detector that was successful in detecting the Higgs particle. This talk includes lots of photographs illustrating the extraordinary experience of a visit to Geneva, Switzerland and the visit to ITER which is the home of the Tokamak, the European prototype of a fusion reactor. The fusion generated by ITER would provide electrical power safer than nuclear fission and would not have any climate change impact as there in no emission of greenhouse gases. He looks forward to sharing his experiences with the emeriti faculty.
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Tuesday, July 21 at 10:00am to 11:30am