In this episode, we discuss...


  • Dennis’ background and personal journey in the nuclear industry

  • A deep dive into tokamaks and their inner-workings

  • The definition of a plasma

  • Why heat and density are crucial to successful fusion and the material challenges involved

  • How tritium is extracted from lithium

  • Requirements to prevent coolant itself from becoming radioactive

  • Design challenges surrounding fusion systems including pumps and their inability to distinguish between helium and unburned fuel

  • The physics of magnetism

  • Dennis’ mission to change the global nuclear industry through his work at MIT to make fusion economically viable

Dennis Whyte

Dept Head, Nuclear Science and Engineering, MIT

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