A key issue for the development of fusion energy to generate electricity is the ability to confine the superhot, charged plasma gas that fuels fusion reactions in magnetic devices called tokamaks.
Tensions rose in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) as the seconds counted down. At stake was the first crucial test of a high-powered mixture of fuel for producing fusion energy.
For Paulette Gangemi, PPPL’s new director for human resources, PPPL is a perfect fit.
A multinational team led by Chinese researchers in collaboration with U.S. and European partners has successfully demonstrated a novel technique for suppressing instabilities that can cut short the life of controlled fusion reactions.
More than 1,500 researchers, including scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), have gathered in Denver, Colorado, for the 55th Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society’s (APS) Division of Plasma Physics (DPP).
Princeton astrophysicist Lyman Spitzer Jr. (1914-1997) was among the 20th Century’s most visionary scientists.
PPPL physicists David Gates and Charles Skinner have been named as American Physical Society fellows – a prestigious honor that is given to only one half of one percent of all APS members each year.
PPPL has received a gold GreenBuy award from the U.S. Department of Energy for its green purchasing program in 2012 – winning the award for the second year.
More than 350 participants from around the world will gather in Plainsboro, N.J., on September 30 for the 66th Annual Gaseous Electronics Conference (GEC).
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Researchers at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have developed a novel technique and device for rapidly pasteurizing eggs in the shell without damaging the delicate egg white.
Summer is a time that many teenagers prefer to spend relaxing and soaking up the sun at the beach, but 10 high school students at PPPL decided instead to spend their summer soaking up plasma physics knowledge and performing hands-on research.
For one week every summer, a small group of teachers gathers at PPPL to relive student days.
Dutch graduate student Jasper van Rens recently completed a three-month assignment at PPPL to study a diagnostic technique that will be crucial to the success of ITER, the huge international fusion facility under construction in France.
Leading experts from around the world gathered at the U.S.
Rich Hawryluk served as Deputy Director-General for the ITER Organization and Director of the ITER Administration Department. ITER is an international fusion experiment that is under construction in France.
Author Daniel Clery recently published “A Piece of the Sun,” a 320-page narrative of the history of fusion research and the personalities who have devoted their careers to it.
A. J. Stewart Smith, the Class of 1909 Professor of Physics, served as Princeton's first dean for research from 2006 to 2013. On July 1 he begins a newly created position as vice president for the U.S.
PPPL is one of the 17 national laboratories sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, and one of 10 overseen by the Department's Office of Science, the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States.
Just a few weeks into her new job as PPPL’s chief financial officer, Kristen Fischer is settling into the challenging job of overseeing a budget of approximately $85 million and managing all financial operations.
Artist Josephine Halvorson and her Princeton University art class were a startling sight in the cavernous warehouse of a basement in the old motor generator site at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.
More than 3,000 people flocked to PPPL’s Open House on June 1 where they were treated to rare glimpses of every corner of the Laboratory – from the machine shop water jets to tours of the National Spherical Torus Experiment Upgrade (NSTX-U).
PPPL presented its 2013 outstanding research awards to physicists Steven Sabbagh and Gregory Hammett following Director Stewart Prager’s May 28 State-of-the-Laboratory Address.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory received an award from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection on Monday recognizing it as the top facility in the state for environmental stewardship.
PPPL’s Webmaster Christopher Cane was one of the winners in this year’s Art of Science competition at Princeton University, with “Web of art and science,” a flower-like design put together with a former Princeton University webmaster colleague depicting the PPPL and the Lewis Center websites.
Physicist Ahmed Diallo of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has won a highly competitive Early Career Research Program grant sponsored by the DOE’s Office of Science.
An Invitation for Family Fun at PPPL’s Open House on June 1
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) is a key contributor to ITER, a huge international fusion facility under construction in Cadarache, France.
Phil Heitzenroeder, who leads the Mechanical Engineering Division at the U.S.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has joined with five leading Chinese research institutions to form an international center to advance the development of fusion energy.
Scientists at Princeton University and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) are developing a unique process to verify that nuclear weapons to be dismantled or removed from deployment contain true warheads.
What is it like to be at the center of ITER, the huge international fusion experiment that is under construction in Cadarache, France?
Christopher L. Eisgruber, Princeton's provost for the past nine years, has been named the University's 20th president, effective July 1. He succeeds Shirley M. Tilghman, who last fall announced her intention to step down at the end of this academic year after completing 12 years in office.
PPPL postdoctoral fellow Ammar Hakim, center, described his poster on unified methods for simulating plasmas to physicists Steve Cowley, left, director of the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy in the United Kingdom and a member of the PPPL Advisory Committee; and Frank Jenko of the Max Planck Insti
Some 360 young women from seventh to tenth grade spent the day immersed in science and technology at the Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Lab's Young Women’s Conference on March 22 at Princeton University.
America’s economy and security depend upon reliable sources of power. Over the next few decades, almost all of the power plants in the U.S. will need to be replaced, and America’s dependence on fossil fuels presents serious national security concerns.
When the ITER experimental fusion reactor begins operation in the 2020s, over 40 diagnostic tools will provide essential data to researchers seeking to understand plasma behavior and optimize fusion performance.
The DOE Office of Economic Impact and Diversity is highlighting 75 women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) from across the complex and Aliya Merali, a Program Leader in Science Ed
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has been named the 2012 Federal Partner of the Year for reducing its carbon footprint by cutting the amount of waste it sends to landfills.
Physicist Rajesh Maingi remembers nearly everything. Results of experiments he did 20 years ago play back instantly in his mind, as do his credit card and bank account numbers.
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and the National Institute for Fusion Science (NIFS) in Japan have developed a rapid method for meeting a key challenge for fusion science.
The West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South team won the U.S. Department of Energy’s New Jersey Regional High School Science Bowl at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory on Feb. 23 in a dramatic up-to-the-finish line contest against the Bergen County team with a final score of 88 to 72.
Scientists participating in the worldwide effort to develop magnetic fusion energy for generating electricity gave progress reports to the 2013 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston. Speaking were physicists George "Hutch" Neilson of the U.S.
Physicist John Schmidt, whose profound and wide-ranging contributions to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) made him a highly respected leader in the worldwide quest for fusion energy, died on February 13 following a brain hemorrhage. He was 72.
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.
Superior separation of nuclear waste: This advanced centrifuge under development at PPPL can deliver faster, more efficient and more economical separation of nuclear waste than standard centrifuges permit.
By 7:50 a.m. on Saturday morning, cars were already lining up at PPPL’s security booth. By 8:45 a.m., all the donuts and bagels were gone and by 9 a.m., the Lab’s 280-seat auditorium had filled, sending visitors to pack the cafeteria.
The cool roof at PPPL was downright chilly when two representatives from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s NYC °CoolRoofs program came to visit the Laboratory recently. But the meeting itself was warm and could lead to a partnership between the city group, PPPL and Princeton.
Arturo Dominguez is a man who clearly has zeal for the mission of teaching young people -- and anyone else who will listen -- about the bright future of magnetic fusion.
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.