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The study of plasma, a partially-ionized gas that is electrically conductive and able to be confined within a magnetic field, and how it releases energy.

Plasma meets nano at PPPL

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have launched a new effort to apply expertise in plasma to study and optimize the use of the hot, electrically charged gas as a tool for producing nanoparticles. This research aims to advance the understanding of plasma-based synthesis processes, and could lead to new methods for creating high-quality nanomaterials at relatively low cost.

18th Topical Conference High-Temperature Plasma Diagnostics (HTPD)

The 18th Topical Conference on High-Temperature Plasma Diagnostics will be held May 16-20, 2010 in Wildwood, New Jersey. This biennial conference brings together plasma physicists from a variety of fields including magnetic confinement fusion, inertial confinement fusion, space plasmas, astrophysics, and industrial applications to discuss mutual problems in the development of instrumentation and experimental techniques for the characterization of high-temperature plasmas.

22nd International Conference on Numerical Simulation of Plasmas (ICNSP)

The purpose of this conference series, which started at the College of William and Mary in 1967 "to disseminate progress in the state-of-the-art of plasma simulation and to report specific applications of computer experiments to various areas of plasma physics," remains unchanged. On the other hand, the topics of the Conference, which has been expanded over the years, now include:

19th Topical Conference on Radio Frequency Power in Plasmas

Target audience

Fusion scientists and engineers, plasma physicists, RF engineers, theoretical physicists and specialists of plasma-wave interaction, students.

Topics of the conference

Wave interaction with plasmas, such as heating, current generation, diagnostics, and confinement and profile control.

RF applications in fusion devices, including tokamaks, stellarators, spherical tori, reverse field pinches, and other alternate confinement concepts.

Transport Task Force (TTF) 2011

The ultimate goal of the work of the Transport Task Force is a predictive understanding of plasma transport leading, in the end, to transport control. As we have pointed out previously, to achieve success in transport science, it is essential to characterize local fluctuations and transport in toroidal plasma, to understand the basic mechanisms responsible for transport, and ultimately, to control these transport processes.

PPPL physicists win supercomputing time to simulate key energy and astrophysical phenomena

Three teams led by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have won major blocks of time on two of the world’s most powerful supercomputers. Two of the projects seek to advance the development of nuclear fusion as a clean and abundant source of energy by improving understanding of the superhot, electrically charged plasma gas that fuels fusion reactions.

COLLOQUIUM: Environmental Condensed Matter Physics

The physics of condensed matter provides a unique perspective on materials and systems of environmental relevance.   I discuss three ways in which concepts and methods of condensed matter physics bear upon the quest for a sustainable future.  Electronic devices made from metal oxides may enable new approaches to renewable energy, such as diodes that operate at optical frequencies to directly convert the electromagnetic field of sunlight to current.

Exploring Plasma Science Advances from Fusion Findings to Astrophysical Achievements

The latest advances in plasma physics were the focus of more than 1,000 scientists from around the world who gathered in Providence, R.I., from Oct. 29 through Nov. 2 for the 54th Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society’s Division of Plasma Physics (APS-DPP). Papers, posters and presentations ranged from fusion plasma discoveries applicable to ITER, to research on 3D magnetic fields and antimatter. In all, more than 1,800 papers were discussed during the week-long event.

Praise and suggestions for fusion research from a utility industry think tank

Research to develop fusion energy has shown “significant progress” in many areas, according to a new report from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), a think tank whose members represent some 90 percent of the electricity produced in the United States. At the same time, the report said that a commercial fusion power plant is at least 30 years away, and called for more research on the engineering challenges.

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