While most teenagers might have been spending the hot summer months at the beach, a dedicated crew of high school students devoted the past three months conducting physics and engineering research at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). On August 8, 15 high school students from the New Jersey area and around the country who had participated in the 10-week high school internship program presented their findings in a poster session.
The PPPL function that reaches out to students, teachers and the general public through programs ranging from student internships to weekly talks on scientific topics from January through April.
“If we’re able to deliver fusion energy to the world, we’re able to change the world forever.”
Seth Davidovits, a 2017 graduate of the Program in Plasma Physics in the Princeton University Department of Astrophysical Sciences, has won the 2018 Marshall N. Rosenbluth Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award presented by the American Physical Society (APS). The award, named for distinguished plasma physicist Marshall Rosenbluth, whose career included 13 years at the U.S.
New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy came to the Young Women’s Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) organized by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory on May 21 to cheer on the more than 700 seventh-to-tenth-grade girls having fun with science activities and promote STEM education in the state.
Hundreds of people visited the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory’s (PPPL) booth at the Communiversity ArtsFest on Sunday, April 29, where visitors enjoyed the hair-raising Van de Graaff generator, children giggled over marshmallow Peeps bunnies expanding in the vacuum demonstration and physicists chatted with the crowd about PPPL’s research.
As the final competitions took place at the Olympics in South Korea, a battle of the brains was taking place at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) on Feb. 23 and 24 where two local teams won the New Jersey Regional Science Bowl and the chance to compete in the national contest in Washington D.C.
For more than 30 years, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has brightened up cold winter Saturday mornings with eclectic and engaging talks on a wide spectrum of science topics by experts in the field. That tradition continues on Saturday, Jan. 13, with the start of the 2018 Ronald E. Hatcher Science on Saturday Lecture Series.
For Dhruvit Patel, a rising senior majoring in mechanical engineering and physics at Rutgers University, the 10 weeks he spent at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) were a welcome opportunity to do hands-on research.
He spent the summer working on a nozzle that can be used to coat the inner wall of a tokamak – a plasma fusion device – with liquid metal. But before he even got started, he had to do a lot of research and preparation.
Alexandra LeViness, a former Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) student who will join Princeton University’s graduate program in plasma physics in 2018, has won a prestigious Fulbright Fellowship to do research at the Wendelstein 7-X stellarator at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Germany.
A look at the founding of PPPL, which began in 1951 as Project Matterhorn S (S for Stellarator). I shall discuss the principal people who were involved (Lyman Spitzer, John Wheeler, and others), the original close linkage between the plasma physics team and the H-bomb team, and the temper of the times that made it all possible. My perspective is based in part on my having been there at the beginning.
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