The Lab of the Future
PPPL has plans to transform its campus over the next decade to reflect our mission as a laboratory of the future as we continue to develop fusion energy while also developing new plasma-based technologies for generations to come. The centerpiece of this transformation will be the planned Princeton Plasma Innovation Center, a multimillion-dollar, ultra-modern, energy-efficient facility with cutting-edge laboratories for microelectronics research, remote collaboration space and a state-of-the-art visualization room to allow PPPL scientists to lead and participate in experiments around the world.
PPPL also plans to build on its past as we repurpose the massive structure that housed the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor in the 1980s and 1990s to construct modern research space. The Fusion Research and Technology Hub, which includes this facility and a new office building, will provide space for researchers advancing fusion energy in this century through public-private partnerships.
The Lab of the Future will be supported by a multimillion-dollar upgrade of PPPL’s infrastructure, including modernizing its communications network, electrical systems, HVAC, and chilled water systems, making the campus truly a 21st century centerpiece for scientific and engineering research.
Conducting research through advanced computing is central to the fusion and plasma science mission of PPPL. Now as part of the Lab’s expansion into a multi-purpose research center physicist William Dorland of the University of Maryland has joined PPPL to create and run a high-performance Computational Science Department.
The Laboratory is expanding into research on the advanced nanofabrication of LTP for creating the next-generation of semiconductors, an internationally competitive field whose leadership will shape the future of computing.
The world-class research capabilities of PPPL make it an attractive partner for public-private ventures. The Laboratory partners with companies in the U.S. and abroad to speed the development of fusion under the U.S. Department of Energy’s Innovation Network for Fusion Energy (INFUSE) program.