The 3-D printing scene, a growing favorite of do-it-yourselfers, has spread to the study of plasma physics. With a series of experiments, researchers at PPPL have found that 3-D printers can be an important tool in laboratory environments.
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As hundreds of people gathered for the first day of the newly-named Ronald E. Hatcher Science on Saturday lecture series on Jan. 10, many of the regular attendees remembered the PPPL engineer who was the organizer and informal host of the series for more than 20 years.
“As soon as I read it I was devastated because I didn’t know anything about it,” said Gary Grubb, of Hightstown, about Hatcher’s death last March at age 56. “Just to walk in here and hear kind words on a cold winter day is great.”
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Laboratory’s popular Science on Saturday lecture series will have a new name when it begins on Jan. 10. “The Ronald E. Hatcher Science on Saturday Lecture Series” honors the late PPPL engineer who spent some 20 years organizing the series and serving as the unofficial master of ceremonies.
The free nine-week lecture series will continue to offer a wide variety of science topics from top experts in their fields aimed at a high school level. This year’s series features several lectures by PPPL scientists.
Sorry, Science On Saturday fans: lecture cancelled due to inclement weather.
This lecture reviews the development of x-ray spectroscopy at PPPL, which began in the 1970’s on the ST (Symmetric Tokamak) and has had a significant impact on the magnetic fusion research program worldwide. Several important physics parameters can be measured with these techniques.
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