From analyzing solar flares to pursuing “a star in a jar” to produce virtually limitless electric power, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have developed insights and discoveries over the past year that advance understanding of the universe and the prospect for safe, clean, and abundant energy for all humankind.
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Steven Cowley, a theoretical physicist and international authority on fusion energy, became the seventh Director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) on July 1 and will be Princeton professor of astrophysical sciences on September 1.
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.
The 17th annual Young Women's Conference in STEM will be held on THURSDAY, March 22, 2018.
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.
A key goal for ITER, the international fusion device under construction in France, will be to produce 10 times more power than goes into it to heat the hot, charged plasma that sustains fusion reactions. Among the steps needed to reach that goal will be controlling instabilities called “neoclassical tearing modes” that can cause magnetic islands to grow in the plasma and shut down those reactions.
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.
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