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

Stefan Gerhardt

Stefan Gerhardt leads the Advanced Scenarios and Control research group in the NSTX organization. He operates numerous diagnostics on NSTX, along with designing plasma control schemes and running physics experiments. He has previously worked on a wide variety of fusion machines, including spherical tokamaks, stellarators, and field reversed configurations.

John W DeLooper

Helping others comes naturally to John DeLooper. He hung around the Lodi volunteer ambulance corps as a teenager and joined up as soon as he turned 18. He went on to become captain of the Lodi ambulance and rescue squad, which answered some 2,000 emergency calls a year. “I enjoyed helping people in their time of need,” he recalled.

Adam Cohen

Adam Cohen is the deputy director of operations for PPPL, overseeing functions ranging from engineering and project management to finance and communications. He joined the Laboratory in 2009 after enjoying a rich and varied career that included being in the nuclear submarine service in the U.S. Navy, working as chief operations officer at Argonne National Laboratory, and serving as senior science adviser at the U.S. Department of Energy. He earned his PhD in materials science from Northwestern University.

Stewart Prager

Stewart Prager is the sixth director of PPPL. He joined the Laboratory in 2009 after a long career at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. At Wisconsin, he led research on the “Madison Symmetric Torus” (MST) experiment and headed a center that studied plasmas in both the laboratory and the cosmos. He also co-discovered the “bootstrap current” there—a key finding that has influenced the design of today’s tokamaks. He earned his PhD in plasma physics from Columbia University.

Masayuki Ono

Masa Ono is a principal research physicist and project director of the National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX). Ono has led a number of PPPL research teams including those involved in the Advanced Concept Torus (ACT-1), the Current Drive Experiment (CDX), the Current Drive Experiment Upgrade (CDX-U) and the NSTX. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the author of more than 250 scientific papers.

Robert Kaita

Robert (Bob) Kaita is the head of plasma diagnostic operations and acting head of boundary physics operations for the National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX). Kaita is also a co-principal investigator of the Lithium Tokamak Experiment (LTX). He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a recipient of the Kaul Foundation Prize for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research. He has supervised the research of many students in the PPPL Program in Plasma Physics in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University. 

Michael D Williams

Williams, the Engineer’s Engineer, sets standard for excellence

As an early career engineer at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), Mike Williams found himself in the midst of a frantic race. He led a team charged with building crucial neutral beam heating systems for the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor (TFTR), the largest fusion facility in the world at the time. The deadline was impossibly tight.

Michael C Zarnstorff

Michael Zarnstorff is the deputy director of research for PPPL where he supervises research that ranges from testing ideas for harnessing fusion to developing rockets for space flight. His job encompasses keeping projects aligned with DOE goals and envisioning new research opportunities for PPPL. An award-winning physicist and a co-discoverer of the bootstrap current, he joined PPPL in 1984 and has been deputy director for research since 2009. He earned his PhD in plasma physics from the University of Wisconsin.

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