A Collaborative National Center for Fusion & Plasma Research

PPPL At A Glance

PPPL aerial view

Mission Statement

The Laboratory has three major missions, to: 

  1.  develop the scientific knowledge and advanced engineering to enable fusion to power the U.S. and the world;
  2.  advance the science of nanoscale fabrication for industries of the future; and
  3.  further the scientific understanding of plasmas from nano- to astrophysical scales.

PPPL’s five core capabilities reflect its expertise and the role it plays in Department of Energy missions:

  • Plasma and Fusion Energy Sciences
  • Systems Engineering and Integration
  • Large-Scale User Facilities/Advanced Instrumentation
  • Mechanical Design and Engineering
  • Power Systems and Electrical Engineering

For 70 years, PPPL has been a world leader in magnetic confinement experiments, plasma science, fusion science, and engineering. As the only DOE national laboratory with a Fusion Energy Sciences mission, PPPL aspires to be the nation’s premier design center for the realization and construction of future fusion concepts. PPPL also aims to drive the next wave of scientific innovation in plasma nanofabrication technologies to maintain U.S. leadership in this critical industry of the future. Further, Princeton University and PPPL develop the workforce of the future by educating and inspiring world class scientists and engineers to serve the laboratory and national interest.


Enabling a world powered by safe, clean and plentiful fusion energy while leading discoveries in plasma science and technology.

PPPL, on Princeton University's Forrestal Campus in Plainsboro, N.J., is devoted to creating new knowledge about the physics of plasmas — ultra-hot, charged gases — and to developing practical solutions for the creation of fusion energy. The Laboratory is managed by the University for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, which is the largest single supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit energy.gov/science.

Quick Facts

  • Established in 1951
  • More than 500 top researchers, engineers and support staff
  • 34 buildings over 90 acres
  • Close oversight and association with two key stakeholders:

U.S. Department of Energy
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory managed by Princeton University.

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