Past Meetup

Fusion: Creating a Star on Earth for Clean and Limitless Energy

This Meetup is past

40 people went

Alberta Rose Theater

3000 NE Alberta Street · Portland, OR

How to find us

This event is also open to the public, but there will be a designated area inside for Meetup Members to get together at 6:30pm. Look for the Meetup sign.

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Date: MONDAY, November 5, 2018

Time: Doors open at 6:00pm, Meetup Group at 6:30pm, Event starts at 7:00pm.

Meet inside the theater at 6:30pm to talk with your fellow group members for a bit before the show starts. Look for the Meetup sign.

Location: Alberta Rose Theatre (, 3000 NE Alberta Street, Portland, OR

Cost: $15* general admission, $8 students with ID (minors under 21 with parent/guardian only)
Buy Online or at the Alberta Rose box office

Please Note: RSVP-ing "yes" to these events does not automatically get you in the door. You MUST either purchase tickets in advance (ticket details above), or if we have not sold out, you may buy tickets at the door.

Food & Drink: Full Bar, hand pies, pizza rolls, and an assortment of sweets and snacks available.

Event Description: Fusion is the reaction that powers the sun. If controlled thermonuclear fusion can be harnessed here on Earth, it would provide a clean, sustainable, limitless energy source for all humankind. This is a grand scientific challenge, and scientists and engineers around the world are getting closer than ever. But how do you actually create a miniature star on earth? There are two options — magnets or lasers — but which one is best?

At this Science on Tap, join us to learn about what fusion is, how we could use it, and hear two different ideas for how to make it. On the laser side, Dr. Tammy Ma, experimental plasma physicist from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. On the magnet side, Dr. Arturo Dominguez, from the Science Education Department at the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab. Come learn plasma, fusion, possibilities for clean energy, and see some exciting demonstrations as well!

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*A note on the ticket price: Science on Tap is largely supported by money collected at the door, and this theater is larger and more expensive than our previous venues. We are committed to offering educational opportunities to adults who want to learn, so if the ticket price is a hardship for you, please contact [masked] for reduced-price tickets.