Dr. Peter Rindt
In 2020, the European DEMO fusion reactor completed its pre-conceptual design stage. This reactor succeeds ITER (first demonstration of net fusion energy, construction in full swing), and is scheduled for construction around 2040. Nevertheless, several design issues must be urgently resolved. One of these lies in the design of the plasma facing heat shields, the so-called Divertor.
On March 23, the LHCb collaboration announced a first evidence for non-universal behaviour of interactions felt by electrons and muons. If confirmed, this phenomena may play an important role to solve what is called the flavour puzzle in particle physics: "Why do we have three generations of fundamental fermions?", "What is the cause of their observed mass spectrum?" and "How did antimatter disappear from the universe?"
Dr. Monika Moscibrodzka
The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration, who produced the first ever image of a black hole, has just revealed a new view of the massive object at the centre of the M87 galaxy: how it looks in polarised light. This is the first time astronomers have been able to measure polarisation, a signature of magnetic fields, this close to the edge of a black hole. The observations are key to explaining how the M87 galaxy, located 55 million light-years away, is able to launch energetic plasma jets from its core. In her presentation, Dr. Mościbrodzka will talk about these new observational
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