Night with a Nerd: Fusion research during the Manhattan Project

Night with a Nerd: Fusion research during the Manhattan Project

Night with a Nerd: Fusion research during the Manhattan Project

WHEN:  Jan 11, 2024 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
WHERE:  Bradbury Science Museum, 1450 Central Ave., Los Alamos
SPEAKER:  Mark Chadwick

Mark Chadwick will discuss how Los Alamos National Laboratory played a major role in early milestones in fusion research

Join the Bradbury Science Museum Association for an evening talk with Mark Chadwick, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s interim deputy director for Science, Technology and Engineering, on the important breakthroughs in fusion science and technology that were made at Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project. Held at the Bradbury Science Museum, Night with a Nerd admission is $10, or free for BSMA members. Tickets are available on the BSMA website. Registration is required.

Fusion research has seen remarkable breakthroughs in recent years. These achievements were decades in the making. Going back to the days of the Manhattan Project, Chadwick will discuss how Los Alamos National Laboratory played a major role in early milestones in fusion research and in understanding fusion. He will share the unexpected discoveries he and his colleagues made from their archival investigations into the Lab’s early work in this exciting realm of physics.

BSMA membership provides free admission to Night with a Nerd programs, free entry to science centers in the ASTC Travel Passport Program and a 10% discount at the Bradbury’s Gadgets gift shop. Plus, your membership supports STEM education in Northern New Mexico. To learn more, get tickets and become a member, visit the BSMA website.

About the speaker

Mark Chadwick currently serves as the interim deputy director for Science, Technology & Engineering (DDSTE) at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He was most recently the chief scientist and chief operating officer for the Associate Laboratory Directorate for Weapons Physics.

Chadwick is a nuclear physicist who has worked at Los Alamos for 33 years across both the DDSTE and Weapons organizations. He is a Laboratory Fellow, American Physical Society Fellow, American Nuclear Society Fellow and recipient of the Department of Energy E.O. Lawrence Award in 2011. He obtained his bachelor’s and doctorate degrees in physics from Oxford University.