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The study of plasma, a partially-ionized gas that is electrically conductive and able to be confined within a magnetic field, and how it releases energy.

Stewart Prager

Stewart Prager was the sixth director of PPPL. He joined the Laboratory in 2009 after a long career at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. At Wisconsin, he led research on the “Madison Symmetric Torus” (MST) experiment and headed a center that studied plasmas in both the laboratory and the cosmos. He also co-discovered the “bootstrap current” there—a key finding that has influenced the design of today’s tokamaks. He earned his PhD in plasma physics from Columbia University.

Renowned fusion laboratory honors pioneering physicist Richard J. Hawryluk

For more than 40 years Rich Hawryluk has been a guiding light and solver of nearly intractable problems at PPPL. His countless accomplishments have supported and enhanced the role of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) as the center of world-class research on harvesting on Earth the fusion energy that powers the sun and stars. 

Renowned fusion laboratory honors pioneering physicist Richard J. Hawryluk

For more than 40 years Rich Hawryluk has been a guiding light and solver of nearly intractable problems at PPPL. His countless accomplishments have supported and enhanced the role of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) as the center of world-class research on harvesting on Earth the fusion energy that powers the sun and stars. 

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