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PPPL physicists build diagnostic that measures plasma velocity in real time

Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have developed a diagnostic that provides crucial real-time information about the ultrahot plasma swirling within doughnut-shaped fusion machines known as tokamaks. This device monitors four locations in a plasma, enabling the diagnostic to make rapid calculations of how the velocity profiles of ions inside the plasma evolves over time.

PPPL scientists present key results at the 58th annual meeting of the American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics

More than 100 scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Laboratory (PPPL) joined nearly 2,000 others from around the world in San Jose, California, to discuss the latest findings in plasma science and fusion research. PPPL physicists contributed to papers, talks and presentations ranging from astrophysical plasmas to magnetic fusion energy during the 58th annual meeting of the American Physical Society (APS) Division of Plasma Physics.

PPPL scientists present key results at the 58th annual meeting of the American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics

More than 100 scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Laboratory (PPPL) joined nearly 2,000 others from around the world in San Jose, California, to discuss the latest findings in plasma science and fusion research. PPPL physicists contributed to papers, talks and presentations ranging from astrophysical plasmas to magnetic fusion energy during the 58th annual meeting of the American Physical Society (APS) Division of Plasma Physics.

Robert Goldston receives 2015 Nuclear Fusion Award at IAEA conference for best paper published in 2012

Fusion researcher Robert Goldston, a Princeton University professor of astrophysical sciences and former director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), received the 2015 Nuclear Fusion Award for the most outstanding paper to appear in the journal Nuclear Fusion during 2012. Presenting the award was Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), during the IAEA’s 2016 Nuclear Fusion Energy Conference in Kyoto, Japan.

Robert Goldston receives 2015 Nuclear Fusion Award at IAEA conference for best paper published in 2012

Fusion researcher Robert Goldston, a Princeton University professor of astrophysical sciences and former director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), received the 2015 Nuclear Fusion Award for the most outstanding paper to appear in the journal Nuclear Fusion during 2012. Presenting the award was Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), during the IAEA’s 2016 Nuclear Fusion Energy Conference in Kyoto, Japan.

PPPL physicists win funding to lead a DOE exascale computing project

A proposal from scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has been chosen as part of a national initiative to develop the next generation of supercomputers. Known as the Exascale Computing Project (ECP), the initiative will include a focus on exascale-related software, applications, and workforce training.

First results of NSTX-U research operations presented at the International Atomic Energy Agency Conference in Kyoto, Japan

Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratories (PPPL) and collaborating institutions presented results from research on the National Spherical Torus Experiment Upgrade (NSTX-U) last week at the 26th International Atomic Energy Agency Conference (IAEA) in Kyoto, Japan. The four-year upgrade doubled the magnetic field strength, plasma current and heating power capability of the predecessor facility and made the NSTX-U the most powerful fusion facility of its kind.

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