Particle beam dynamics
The study of the physics of charged particle beams and the accelerators that produce them. This cross-disciplinary area intersects with fields such as plasma physics, high-energy density science, and ultra-fast lasers.
Ronald Davidson heads PPPL research on charged particle beam dynamics and has made numerous fundamental theoretical contributions to pure and applied plasma physics. Professor Davidson served as director of PPPL from 1991 to 1996 and as director of the MIT Plasma Fusion Center from 1978 to 1988, and has written more than 450 journal articles and books. He has chaired the American Physical Society's Division of Plasma Physics and Division of Particle Beams, and has participated in numerous national and international advisory and review committees on plasma physics and fusion research.
Plainsboro, New Jersey — Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have designed and delivered a crucial component for a device that can heat a spot of foil to 30,000 degrees Centigrade in less than a billionth of a second. The part will complete a linear accelerator that researchers at the E.O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are using to create a superheated state called “warm dense matter.”