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November 24, 2015

For fusion reactions to take place efficiently, the atomic nuclei that fuse together in plasma must be kept sufficiently hot.

November 23, 2015

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.

November 18, 2015

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.

November 17, 2015

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.

November 16, 2015

More than 1,750 researchers from around the world, including scientists from the U.S.

November 16, 2015

Two U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories working on very different types of fusion experiments have begun a novel collaboration.

November 9, 2015

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.

November 6, 2015

An enduring astronomical mystery is how stars and galaxies acquire their magnetic fields. Physicists Jonathan Squire and Amitava Bhattacharjee at the U.S.

November 2, 2015

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.

October 26, 2015

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.

October 13, 2015

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

October 12, 2015

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.

September 25, 2015

At the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), world-leading fusion research resumes later this fall.

September 18, 2015

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).

September 15, 2015

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.

September 4, 2015

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.

August 31, 2015

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.

August 25, 2015

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.

August 24, 2015

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.

August 3, 2015

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.

July 24, 2015

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.

July 9, 2015

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.

June 29, 2015

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.

June 23, 2015

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.

June 22, 2015

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.

June 16, 2015

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.

June 15, 2015

What began as a chat between husband and wife has evolved into an intriguing scientific discovery.

June 5, 2015

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.

June 2, 2015

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.

June 1, 2015

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.

May 22, 2015

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.

May 11, 2015

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.

May 6, 2015

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.

May 6, 2015

PPPL has won a national award from the Green Electronics Council for its program to purchase environmentally sustainable electronics.

April 27, 2015

The gold standard for modeling the behavior of fusion plasmas may have just gotten better. Mario Podestà, a staff physicist at the U.S.

April 20, 2015

If a picture is worth a thousands words, a computer graphic is worth millions.

April 8, 2015

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.

April 8, 2015

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

March 30, 2015

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.

March 23, 2015

The European Physical Society (EPS) has named physicist Nat Fisch winner of the 2015 Hannes Alfvén Prize.

March 16, 2015

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.

March 13, 2015

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.

February 26, 2015

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.

February 23, 2015

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.  

January 21, 2015

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.

January 12, 2015

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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