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The Multi-Point Thomson Scattering (MPTS) diagnostic system has been providing time dependent Te and ne profile measurements on NSTX for ten years.

New national facility will explore low-temperature plasma, a dynamic source of innovation for modern technologies

Low-temperature plasma, a rapidly expanding source of innovation in fields ranging from electronics to health care to space exploration, is a highly complex state of matter.  So complex that the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has teamed with Princeton University to become home to a collaborative facility open to researchers from across the country to advance the understanding and control of this dynamic physical state.

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Will Fox wins 2019 Thomas H. Stix Award for early career contributions to plasma physics

Leadership of laboratory experiments that bring astrophysical processes down to Earth has won physicist Will Fox the 2019 Thomas H. Stix Award.  The American Physical Society (APS) honor, which recognizes outstanding early career contributions to plasma physics, was established in 2013 in the name of the late Thomas H. Stix, the pioneering plasma researcher who founded the graduate plasma physics program at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL).

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COLLOQUIUM: Controlling the Production and Performance of Materials at the Mesoscale: The Matter-Radiation Interactions in Extremes (MaRIE) Capability

The Matter-Radiation Interactions in Extremes (MaRIE) project will provide capability that will address the control of performance and production of materials at the mesoscale. MaRIE will characterize the behavior of interfaces, defects, and microstructure between the spatial scales of atomic structures and those of the engineering continuum where there is a current capability gap.

PPPL to design a high-resolution diagnostic system for the National Ignition Facility

Two U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories working on very different types of fusion experiments have begun a novel collaboration. Under the arrangement, the DOE’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) will design a diagnostic system to provide high-resolution analysis of research on the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). This work is supported by the DOE Office of Science and LLNL.

COLLOQUIUM: In Silico Plasmas Under Extreme Intensities

Intense laser and particle beams can be focused down to intensities in excess of 10^23 W/cm^2. Similar intensities are also present in extreme astrophysical scenarios. Under these conditions, the interaction of these intense beams and fields with plasmas is very rich, permeated by collective processes, relativistic nonlinearities and strong field physics. The complexity of these scenarios can only be grasped resorting to large scale numerical simulations.  Advanced multi-scale models combined with massively parallel high performance computing are driving new discoveries.


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