For fusion reactions to take place efficiently, the atomic nuclei that fuse together in plasma must be kept sufficiently hot.
At the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, the spirit of tinkering lives. This past summer a team of engineers invented a mechanical device designed to be installed on ITER, the multinational fusion machine being built in the south of France, using 3D printing and parts bought at Walmart.
The editorial board of the journal Nuclear Fusion has selected Rob Goldston, a fusion researcher and Princeton University professor of astrophysical sciences, as winner of the 2015 Nuclear Fusion Award.
A team of physicists led by Stephen Jardin of the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has discovered a mechanism that prevents the electrical current flowing through fusion plasma from repeatedly peaking and crashing.
More than 1,750 researchers from around the world, including scientists from the U.S.
Two U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories working on very different types of fusion experiments have begun a novel collaboration.
A new comic book produced by PPPL entitled “A Star for Us” tells the story of the quest for fusion energy and PPPL’s role in that quest through dramatic and eye-catching images.
An enduring astronomical mystery is how stars and galaxies acquire their magnetic fields. Physicists Jonathan Squire and Amitava Bhattacharjee at the U.S.
After nearly seven years as deputy director for operations at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), Adam Cohen has been named Deputy Under Secretary for Science and Energy in Washington D.C.
A synthetic muscle experiment on board the International Space Station (ISS) that was developed with the help of PPPL scientists is now tentatively scheduled to return to earth in March of 2016 on a new SpaceX-10 rocket.
The completion of the $94 million National Spherical Torus-Upgrade (NSTX-U) will usher in a decade of research that will lead to vital results for the international and national fusion programs and could lead the way to a next-step fusion facility, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory Director Ste
PPPL presented its 2015 outstanding research awards to engineer Charles Neumeyer and physicist Rajesh Maingi following Stewart Prager’s October 5 State of the Laboratory address. Neumeyer received the Kaul Foundation Prize “For the design analysis and overall management of the U.S.
At the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), world-leading fusion research resumes later this fall.
Amitava Bhattacharjee, head of the Theory Department at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and professor of astrophysical sciences at Princeton University, has been elected a fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).
Just as autumn heralds the arrival of students at Princeton University, it also means the beginning of a new season of science colloquia at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Creating controlled fusion energy entails many challenges, but one of the most basic is heating plasma – hot gas composed of electrons and charged atoms – to extremely high temperatures and then maintaining those temperatures. Now scientist Elena Belova of the U.S.
As a young man, A.J. Stewart “Stew” Smith won the Canadian National Lacrosse Championship as a member of a powerful Vancouver, British Columbia, club team.
Chuck Kessel, a principal engineer at the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), has won the 2015 Fusion Technology Award.
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have developed a detailed model of the source of a puzzling limitation on fusion reactions.
Rotation is key to the performance of salad spinners, toy tops, and centrifuges, but recent research suggests a way to harness rotation for the future of mankind's energy supply.
Stacia Zelick, PPPL’s new chief information officer, brings years of experience in information technology to the job, along with a willingness to literally get her hands dirty. She also brings with her a disco ball for her office that has yet to be unpacked.
Physicist Luis Delgado-Aparicio told middle school students attending a conference of Hispanics Inspiring Students’ Performance and Achievement (HISPA) at Princeton University to follow their dreams and to pursue careers in science even if the path is difficult.
What began as a chat between husband and wife has evolved into an intriguing scientific discovery.
If you’ve always wanted to learn about the science behind plasma physics and fusion energy, you can listen to the very same lectures being offered to college students at PPPL in a weeklong introductory course this week without having to leave your home or office.
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have for the first time simulated the formation of structures called "plasmoids" during Coaxial Helicity Injection (CHI), a process that could simplify the design of fusion facilities known as tokamaks.
Three Princeton University-related computer programs have been chosen to run on a new supercomputer that will deliver enhanced scientific findings when it begins crunching numbers in 2018.
Scientists from General Atomics and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have discovered a phenomenon that helps them to improve fusion plasmas, a finding that may quicken the development of fusion energy.
Physicist Luis Delgado-Aparicio, of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), has won a highly competitive Early Career Research award sponsored by the DOE’s Office of Science.
When Lew Meixler heard that Laurie Bagley, who was then working as a technology licensing assistant at Princeton University, was looking for a job, he was delighted. He had the perfect job for her: his job.
PPPL has won a national award from the Green Electronics Council for its program to purchase environmentally sustainable electronics.
The gold standard for modeling the behavior of fusion plasmas may have just gotten better. Mario Podestà, a staff physicist at the U.S.
If a picture is worth a thousands words, a computer graphic is worth millions.
Lenore Rasmussen’s lifelong quest to develop a material that can be used in prosthetics began when she was growing up on a farm in West Virginia.
Lenore Rasmussen’s dream of developing a synthetic muscle that could be used to make better prosthetic limbs and more responsive robots literally became airborne on Tuesday, April 14 at 4:10 p.m. when her experiment rocketed off to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral in Flo
At 10:44 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, NASA launched the Magnetospheric Multiscale mission (MMS), a set of four spacecraft that will study the magnetic fields surrounding Earth.
The European Physical Society (EPS) has named physicist Nat Fisch winner of the 2015 Hannes Alfvén Prize.
In a rare transition, engineer Russ Feder has stepped into a management job that a distinguished physicist last held. Feder leads PPPL’s development of all diagnostic tools for US ITER, which manages U.S.
Researchers from General Atomics and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have made a major breakthrough in understanding how potentially damaging heat bursts inside a fusion reactor can be controlled.
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.
Two local teams turned their knowledge of science and math into a ticket to the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl® after winning the N.J. Regional Science Bowl® at PPPL on Feb. 20 and 21.
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.
Like a new passenger jet or power plant, the National Spherical Torus Upgrade (NSTX-U) must be certified safe to operate. At the U.S.
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