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Construction completed, PPPL is set to resume world-class fusion research later this fall

At the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), world-leading fusion research resumes later this fall. After more than six years of planning and construction — including three years of building and 574,000 hours of labor — the National Spherical Torus Experiment-Upgrade (NSTX-U) is ready to play a critical role in the quest to develop fusion energy as a clean, safe and virtually limitless fuel for generating electricity.

Cynthia Phillips, ground-breaking expert in plasma waves & Princeton graduate school lecturer, dies after long illness

Cynthia K. Phillips, a physicist at PPPL for 32 years and a former lecturer in Princeton’s graduate program in plasma physics, died on Sept. 1 after a long battle with cancer. Phillips devoted her life’s research to the study of radio frequency waves in plasmas and was a founder of a high-performance computing center to advance that research. She was 61.

Summer interns present research findings in poster session

If you happened to be in the lobby of PPPL's Lyman Spitzer Building on Aug. 12, you would have seen the next generation of top scientists preparing to launch their careers. Twenty-five undergraduates from colleges across the country spent this summer at the Laboratory as interns, working on projects ranging from figuring out how to remotely steer a set of mirrors that will be built into the upcoming ITER fusion machine to studying how nanoparticles grow inside plasmas.

Summer interns present research findings in poster session

If you happened to be in the lobby of PPPL's Lyman Spitzer Building on Aug. 12, you would have seen the next generation of top scientists preparing to launch their careers. Twenty-five undergraduates from colleges across the country spent this summer at the Laboratory as interns, working on projects ranging from figuring out how to remotely steer a set of mirrors that will be built into the upcoming ITER fusion machine to studying how nanoparticles grow inside plasmas.

Kees Bol, a scientist on Project Matterhorn, PDX and numerous experiments, dies at 90

Kees Bol, a physicist who played a part in the history of the Laboratory first as part of Project Matterhorn and then through roles in several crucial experiments at PPPL for three decades, died at his home in Skillman, New Jersey, on Aug. 8 at age 90.

Former colleagues of Bol, whose first name is pronounced “Case,” remembered his quiet professionalism and his role as a mentor in a career that spanned the beginning of the fusion program at PPPL through the 1980s.

Physicist Masaaki Yamada wins the 2015 James Clerk Maxwell Prize in Plasma Physics

Masaaki Yamada, a Distinguished Laboratory Research Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), has won the 2015 James Clerk Maxwell Prize in Plasma Physics. The award from the American Physical Society (APS) Division of Plasma Physics recognized Yamada for "fundamental experimental studies of magnetic reconnection relevant to space, astrophysical and fusion plasmas, and for pioneering contributions to the field of laboratory plasma astrophysics."

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