Let There Be Light: The 100 Year Journey to Fusion

7:00 PM 20th February 2019 Ulster Museum

A documentary film screening presented by Second Chance Cinema, The Institute of Physics in Ireland and the NI Science Festival.

In the south of France, scientists from 37 countries are building the most complex machine ever attempted: an artificial sun. If they get it right, it will illuminate the way to produce clean, cheap, abundant energy for millions of years. If they fail, it will be one of the biggest scientific failures of all time.

Nuclear fusion has been the holy grail of energy for many decades now. It’s the process that drives stars, the ultimate source of energy in the universe. The possibility that fusion might be achievable on Earth as an energy source has driven scientists to the edge of reason for almost a century.

Brendan Dromey from the Centre for Plasma Physics at Queen’s University Belfast will introduce the film and take part in a Q+A following the showing. His team manufactures high power ultrafast laser plasmas, testing attosecond pulse interactions with applications in medicine, biology, nanoscience and quantum optics.

“This fascinating documentary about the quest for nuclear fusion as a silver bullet for the world’s energy thirst is at the same time informative and entertaining!” - Ryland Aldrich, Screen Anarchy