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The energy released when two atomic nuclei fuse together. This process powers the sun and stars.  Read more

COLLOQUIUM: Who Will Save the Tokamak - Harry Potter, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Shaquille O'Neal, or Donald Trump?

This paper attempts to bridge the gap between tokamak reactor design and plasma physics. The analysis demonstrates that the overall design of a tokamak fusion reactor is determined largely by the constraints imposed by nuclear physics and fusion
engineering. Almost no plasma physics is required to determine the main design parameters of a reactor: aR B T pn I. 

Hong Qin promoted to executive dean at the University of Science and Technology of China

Hong Qin bestrides the globe as a leading scientist and educator. For the past four years he has shuttled between PPPL and a teaching post at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), which named him executive dean of its School of Nuclear Science and Technology in October. Hong takes up the position while maintaining his agenda as a principal research physicist in the PPPL Theory Department and his teaching in the Program in Plasma Physics at Princeton University, where he is a lecturer with the rank of professor in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences.

Hong Qin promoted to executive dean at the University of Science and Technology of China

Hong Qin bestrides the globe as a leading scientist and educator. For the past four years he has shuttled between PPPL and a teaching post at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), which named him executive dean of its School of Nuclear Science and Technology in October. Hong takes up the position while maintaining his agenda as a principal research physicist in the PPPL Theory Department and his teaching in the Program in Plasma Physics at Princeton University, where he is a lecturer with the rank of professor in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences.

COLLOQUIUM: NIF An Unexpected Journey or Lessons Learned to Secure Projects of Scale

Developing the mission, science, technology and support for projects of scale is a demanding and multifaceted enterprise. There are many lessons to be learned from the National Ignition Facility (NIF) experience that can be applied in the quest to secure any future large scale facility. The presentation will include a historical perspective on the ICF and Stockpile Stewardship program that motivated NIF and the scientific and political strategy that ultimately secured the Facility.

Monumental effort: How a dedicated team completed a massive beam-box relocation for the NSTX upgrade

Your task: Take apart, decontaminate, refurbish, relocate, reassemble, realign and reinstall a 75-ton neutral beam box that will add a second beam box to the National Spherical Torus Experiment-Upgrade (NSTX-U) and double the experiment’s heating power. Oh, and while you’re at it, hoist the two-story tall box over a 22-foot wall.

Team led by PPPL’s Chang receives DOE 2015 INCITE award totaling 270 million core hours to study key problem in fusion

The U.S. Department of Energy has bestowed many hours of access to scientists at the Center for Edge Physics Simulation (EPSI), led by C.S. Chang, a physicist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. The highly competitive award allows 270 million core hours on two powerful supercomputers that will enable researchers to continue staging complex simulations of how charged particles behave in the tokamak edge. The award was the second highest in the INCITE program.

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