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Canceled: Duke Physics Special Colloq: Reducing the danger from nuclear weapons. How physicists can help

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Friday, April 17, 2020
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Frank N. von Hippel (Princeton)
Duke Physics Colloquium

** Canceled. **

"Reducing the danger from nuclear weapons. How physicists can help"

Most of us thought that, with the end of the Cold War and the rise of democracy in Russia, the danger of a nuclear Armageddon had receded and what remained was to pilot a glide path to very a low level of de-alerted nuclear weaponry and strengthen the nuclear nonproliferation regime. That did not happen. NATO expanded east, democracy faded in Russia, Russia invaded Ukraine, nuclear reductions halted, the US has exited two of the three bilateral nuclear arms control agreements it has with Russia and seems on track to exit the third, and we are in the midst of nuclear proliferation crises with Iran and North Korea.

Given this situation, the American Physical Society has funded a project to get physicists engaged with nuclear threat reduction again. The purpose of this talk is to provide an overview of the current situation and the various proposals that are being debated to mitigate the dangers. The hope is that a few physicists in the audience will consider educating themselves further and then become involved in helping to educate their members of Congress. The speaker will be available for discussions before or after with anyone who might be interested.

Faculty host: Phil Barbeau

Refreshments will be available before the event in room 130.

This seminar is presented with support from the Consortium for Nonproliferation Enabling Capabilities (CNEC) at NC State.

Contact: Cristin Paul