The Sixth Form physicists, accompanied by Dr Chris Hillman, visited the JET experiment (Joint European Torus) which is the largest fusion reactor in the world. It is also a pathfinder experiment for commercial fusion power which is a much cleaner safer alternative to current nuclear fission power.
The JET is run for UKAEA (UK Atomic Energy Authority) by the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy. Because the experiment is currently recommissioning for a run in January the group were able to see a lot more, and get a lot closer to the reactor vessel than normal. Visits to this project are restricted and Godolphin is amongst a very small number of schools who were invited to attend.