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PPPL scientists unveil their latest results at the 57th Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics

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More than 1,750 researchers from around the world, including scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), have gathered in Savannah, Georgia, this week for the 57th Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society’s Division of Plasma Physics. Researchers at the five-day conference, which ends Nov. 20, will attend nine half-day sessions featuring nearly 1,000 talks on subjects ranging from space and astrophysical plasmas to the challenges of producing magnetic fusion energy.

Speakers will include Masaaki Yamada, a Distinguished Laboratory Research Fellow at PPPL, who has won this year’s James Clerk Maxwell Plasma Physics Prize awarded by the Division of Plasma Physics. He will speak Nov. 19 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on “Study of Magnetic Reconnection in Plasma: How It Works and Energizes Plasma Particles.”

Also scheduled during the meeting are a poster session featuring the work of undergraduate and high school students on Nov. 17, and a Plasma Sciences Expo for school groups from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 19 and 20 that will explore plasma, which scientists call “The fourth state of matter.” The session will be open to the general public on Nov. 19 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

PPPL scientists attending the annual meeting will discuss their latest cutting-edge experiments and theoretical advances in fusion and plasma. Some of these results are listed here:

A new explanation for the explosive nature of magnetic reconnection

Explaining a mysterious barrier to fusion known as the “density limit” 

Using powerful computers, physicists uncover mechanism that stabilizes plasma within tokamaks 

Striking the right note on a magnetic violin 

New Super H-mode regime could greatly increase fusion power 

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The American Physical Society is a non-profit membership organization working to advance knowledge of physics through research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy and international activities. APS represents over 50,000 members, including physicists in academia, national laboratories and industry in the United States and throughout the world. The Division of Plasma Physics was established in 1959, with its first elected chair the late Melvin B. Gottlieb, a former director of PPPL.

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