Two of CPMI’s PhD students did the Center proud at the recent Symposium on Fusion Engineering (SOFE) Conference in Chicago. Both students were nominated for the SOFE student paper award. Wenyu was the eventual winner of the award, with a $500 cheque and plaque while Soonwook was runner up.
Wenyu presented a paper on his LiMIT concept. LiMIT is a device that is being developed using liquid lithium metal to be able to absorb the high heat fluxes in the divertor of a Fusion reactor and be able to pump this away while replenishing itself, thus effectively eliminating damage to the divertor itself.
While Soonwook’s presentation was in his recent investigations on lithium vapor shielding for with molybdenum in DEVeX. The DEVeX device is able to simulate an high energy strike using a theta pinch and can obtain high plasma temperatures and densities to simulate the edge of a fusion plasma.
Both students gave presentations to a panel at the conference and it was eventually decided that Wenyu had the best paper at the conference. Wenyu received the award at the SOFE Conference dinner on Wednesday night.
Everyone at CPMI are proud of the work that Wenyu and Soonwook have done and this wonderful recognition of their and the CPMI’s work in fusion.