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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. The team, headed by researchers at the Institute of Plasma Physics in the Chinese Academy of Sciences (ASIPP), combined the new technique with a method that the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has developed for protecting the walls that surround the hot, charged plasma gas that fuels fusion reactions.
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. This gas is subject to instabilities that cause it to leak from the magnetic fields and halt fusion reactions.
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. The process could lead to a sharp reduction in illnesses caused by egg-borne salmonella bacteria, a widespread public health concern.
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. Hawryluk, a former deputy director of PPPL, completed a two-year assignment at ITER in April, 2013.
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. Sabbagh received the Kaul Foundation Prize for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research and Technology Development for his work on advancing the understanding, and enhancing the stability, of high-performance plasmas in fusion facilities called tokamaks. Hammett was named winner of the Distinguished Research Fellow Award for his work on deepening the theoretical understanding of turbulence in fusion plasmas.
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 is first among more than 750 companies, colleges and universities, hospitals and municipalities enrolled in the DEP’s Environmental Stewardship program, in which facilities voluntarily monitor themselves to improve their sustainability programs.
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. His $500,000 per year award, which can be renewed for up to five years, will fund research into understandingand controlling the volatile edge of the superhot, charged plasma gas that fuels fusion reactions in devices called tokamaks. Controlling the edge of the plasma will be essential to harnessing fusion as a clean and abundant source of energy for generating electricity.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Lab Open House will be a fun science festival for every age, with NASA moon rocks, a Hall of Machines, an art show of paintings of PPPL, science activities for kids and tours of fusion machines.
Engineers and technicians at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have completed a crucial stage of the $94 million upgrade of the National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX), the Laboratory’s major fusion project. The critical task called for sealing and insulating the first quadrant of magnetic field conductors for the NSTX center stack, which forms the heart of the upgrade that will make the device the most advanced fusion facility of its kind on earth.
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.
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. The Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School won the Middle School Science Bowl on Feb. 22.
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. Two of the projects seek to advance the development of nuclear fusion as a clean and abundant source of energy by improving understanding of the superhot, electrically charged plasma gas that fuels fusion reactions.