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September 27, 2021

Emily A. Carter, former dean of the Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Science, and most recently executive vice chancellor and provost at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), has been named Senior Strategic Advisor for Sustainability Science at the U.S.

September 23, 2021

Theoretical and computational physicist Greg Hammett, a leader in advancing understanding of the complex turbulence that controls the performance of fusion plasmas and a dedicated educator, has been named a 2021 Distinguished Scientist Fellow by the Office of Science of the U.S.

September 22, 2021

Michael Ford, a veteran of the nuclear U.S. Navy and a leader with a doctorate in engineering and public policy, has been named Associate Laboratory Director for Engineering at the U.S.

September 21, 2021

World-class expertise in the study of plasma — the hot, charged state of matter composed of free electrons and atomic nuclei, or ions, that makes up 99 percent of the visible universe — has won frontier science projects for three physicists at the U.S.

September 21, 2021
“It’s all about pride about your roots, where you come from, your traditions, your music, your gastronomy”

As the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, PPPL is highlighting some of our staff and asking them to tell us about themselves and what the month means to them. This is the first of a series of profiles throughout the month.

September 17, 2021

Proven capability to recreate cosmic forces in the laboratory has won highly competitive contract awards for physicists Will Fox and Derek Schaeffer at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and Princeton University.

September 16, 2021

Scientists have identified a chemical pathway to an innovative insulating nanomaterial that could lead to large-scale industrial production for a variety of uses – including in spacesuits and military vehicles.

September 15, 2021

Summer interns working for PPPL did hands-on research from their computers in their bedrooms or on their dining room tables all over the U.S.

September 14, 2021

Classes were back in (virtual) session at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory’s (PPPL) Graduate Summer School (GSS) where graduate students from around the globe showcased their research and attended lectures given by PPPL physicists and guest instructors that exposed them to topics related t

September 13, 2021

The novel design for a next-generation diamond sensor with capabilities that range from producing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of single molecules to detecting slight anomalies in the Earth’s magnetic field to guide aircraft that lack access to global positioning systems (GPS) will be develop

August 30, 2021

Stellarators, twisty magnetic devices that aim to harness on Earth the fusion energy that powers the sun and stars, have long played second fiddle to more widely used doughnut-shaped facilities known as tokamaks.

August 30, 2021

Think of light bulb filaments that glow when you flip a switch.

August 19, 2021

Physicists are like bees — they can cross-pollinate, taking ideas from one area and using them to develop breakthroughs in other areas. Scientists at the U.S.

August 18, 2021

Steady progress is advancing in plans for combatting damaging disruptions in experiments that aim to bring to Earth the fusion energy that powers the sun and stars.  That was the key find

August 11, 2021

Rob Sheneman, a staff member at the U.S.

August 6, 2021

Ruben J. Fair, an accomplished engineer who has been leading the Magnet Group at the U.S.

August 5, 2021

A key challenge for scientists striving to produce on Earth the fusion energy that powers the sun and stars is preventing what are called runaway electrons, particles unleashed in disrupted fusion experiments that can bore holes in tokamaks, the doughnut-shaped machines that house the experiments

August 2, 2021

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) and Community College Internships (CCI) students at the U.S.

July 30, 2021

Elizabeth Paul, a path-setting physicist and Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Princeton University, has won the prestigious and highly competitive 2021 Marshall N. Rosenbluth Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award.

July 28, 2021
Name changes allow researchers of all genders to own their academic work

All seventeen U.S. national laboratories and many prominent publishers, journals, and other organizations in scientific publishing announced today the beginning of a partnership to support name change requests from researchers on past published papers.

July 22, 2021

After 47 years as a path-setting theoretical physicist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), Roscoe White retired on June 1, 2021, only one might never know it.

July 19, 2021

Ever since Victor Flores was 5 and moved to the U.S. from Mexico, he has been crazy about science. First, he was passionate about astronomy and then he figured out that astronomy was really based on physics.

July 15, 2021

Plasma physicist Felix Parra Diaz, a distinguished scientist and Oxford University professor who has studied, taught and won high honors on both sides of the Atlantic, has been named head of the Theory Department at the U.S.

July 15, 2021

Advanced capabilities ranging from the innovative use of artificial intelligence (AI) to state-of-the-art computer codes have won the U.S.

July 13, 2021

Scientists seeking to bring to Earth the fusion energy that drives the sun and stars use radio frequency (RF) waves — the same

July 12, 2021

Scientists have discovered a novel way to classify magnetized plasmas that could possibly lead to advances in harvesting on Earth the 

July 2, 2021

Nothing seems more familiar than the sun in the sky. But mysterious swirls, jets, and flashes of powerful light that scientists cannot explain occur in the sun’s outer atmosphere all the time. Now, researchers at the U.S.

June 25, 2021

The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory’s first two GEM fellows do not come to the Laboratory from graduate programs in plasma physics as one might expect. Promise Adebayo-Ige is working toward a Ph.D.

June 24, 2021

Machine learning, a technique used in the artificial intelligence (AI) software behind self-driving cars and digital assistants, now enables scientists to address key challenges to harvesting on Earth the fu

June 23, 2021

Path-setting findings and expansion into exciting new areas mark research at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) during the past year.

June 16, 2021

Margarita Cejudo Arita, a junior at New Brunswick High School, would like to study engineering in college but she’s not sure what kind of engineering to focus on.

June 15, 2021

Streaming data, the online process that brings movies, music and videos instantly into homes, is poised to accelerate the worldwide distribution of scientific discoveries in fusion research.

June 14, 2021

When Amitava Bhattacharjee returned to his academic roots to head the Theory Department at the U.S.

June 11, 2021

The big holes in Swiss cheese help make it a tasty treat. Now, scientists at the U.S.

June 8, 2021

Laser-produced high energy density plasmas, akin to those found in stars, nuclear explosions, and the core of giant planets, may be the most extreme state of matter creat

June 3, 2021

Dan Boyer, a physicist and developer of innovative artificial intelligence (AI) machine learning methods to produce real-time adjustments to the plasma that fuels fusion reactions in devices known as sph

June 2, 2021

An intern about to start a Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and another University of Texas-Dallas student kicked off their summer with a friendly online chat with U.S.

June 2, 2021

As PPPL celebrated Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month throughout May, PPPL highlighted some of our staff and asked them to tell us about themselves and discuss what the month means to them. This is the third of a weekly series.

Q: What is your name?

May 24, 2021
Seventh- to tenth-graders view experiments and meet virtually with scientists and engineers

A major theme running through the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory’s (PPPL) Young Women’s Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) was how women in STEM must overcome obstacles to get to where they are today.

May 24, 2021

Scattered throughout the universe are unimaginably dense remnants of stellar death, cold cores of large stars that have burned through their fuel, collapsed, and blown off their outer layers in supernova explosions

May 18, 2021
Danny Cai: Celebrating Asian and Pacific Islander Americans’ culture and achievements

As the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) celebrates Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month throughout May, PPPL is highlighting some of our staff and asking them to tell us what the month means to them. This is the first of a weekly series throughout May.

May 10, 2021

Alexandra Pantry, an electronics technician at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), joined PPPL’s Energy I-Corps workshop to learn entrepreneurial skills.

April 28, 2021

Every day, the sun ejects large amounts of a hot particle soup known as plasma toward Earth where it can disrupt telecommunications satellites and damage electrical grids. Now, scientists at the U.S.

April 23, 2021

The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory salutes its administrators and celebrates their contributions to the Laboratory. The more than 25 administrators at PPPL provide support to PPPL’s leadership team and more than 600 staff members at PPPL.

April 23, 2021

The process designed to harvest on Earth the fusion energy that powers the sun and stars can sometimes be tricked. Researchers at the U.S.

April 19, 2021

A model once thought to be nearly impossible for quickly and accurately designing radio frequency (RF) waves needed to fire up doughnut-shaped tokamak fusion facilities has been developed by a graduate student at the

April 12, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has cast a harsh light on the urgent need for quick and easy techniques to sanitize and disinfect everyday high-touch objects such as doorknobs, pens, pencils, and personal protective gear worn to keep infections from spreading. Now scientists at the U.S.

March 31, 2021

As the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory celebrates Women’s History Month throughout March, we asked some of our staff members to tell us what Women’s History Month means to them. This is the fourth of a weekly series throughout March.

March 30, 2021

Want to improve your chances of making electricity from fusion? Look no further than the cleaners under your kitchen sink.

March 30, 2021
Ana Marie Datuin: “Creating a milestone and awareness for the next generation”

As the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory celebrates Women’s History Month throughout March, we asked some of our staff members to tell us what Women’s History Month means to them. This is the third of a weekly series throughout March.

Name: Ana Marie Datuin

March 25, 2021

Wolfgang Stodiek, a pioneer in plasma physics and a researcher who helped lead the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory’s early research on experimental devices called tokamaks, passed away at his family hom

March 24, 2021

Intriguing essays on the culture, history, and discoveries of science and an urgent call for the integration of science into public understanding come from two recent works by two former key members of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL).

March 17, 2021
Jessica Guttenfelder: “Celebrating what women do despite roadblocks”

As the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory celebrates Women’s History Month throughout March, we asked some of our staff members to tell us what Women’s History Month means to them. This is the second of a weekly series throughout March.

March 17, 2021

An internship is being established in the Human Resources (HR) Department of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) in honor of a young HR staff member who passed away last year, the executive director of HR said.

March 12, 2021

New research reveals a surprising insight into the physics behind magnetic reconnection, a process occurring through the universe that converts magnetic to kinetic energy. The findings, by researchers at the U.S.

March 8, 2021
Anna Teplukhina: “A time to learn something new and inspiring”

As the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory celebrates International Women’s Day March 8 and Women’s History Month throughout March, we asked some of our staff members to tell us what Women’s History Month means to them. This is the first of a weekly series throughout March.

March 8, 2021

Richard J. Hawryluk, associate director for fusion at the U.S.Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), chaired the committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to produce a report on a U.S.

March 8, 2021

Stellar, a computing cluster that Princeton University is installing in its High-Performance Computing Research Center, will sharply advance research at the U.S.

March 4, 2021
Such a plant would impact the transition to a low-carbon emission electrical system

The U.S.

March 1, 2021

There was plenty of suspense and drama as middle school and high school students tested their knowledge and skills at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) New Jersey Regional Science Bowl on Feb.

March 1, 2021

Researchers have developed an insight that could facilitate production of microscopic carbon nanotubes, structures thousands of times thinner than a human hair used in everything from microchips to sporting goods

February 25, 2021

Efforts to duplicate on Earth the fusion reactions that power the sun and stars for unlimited energy must contend with extreme heat-load density that can damage the doughnut-shaped fusion facilities call

February 11, 2021

A novel computer algorithm, or set of rules, that accurately predicts the orbits of planets in the solar system could be adapted to better predict and control the behavior of the plasma that fuels fusion facili

February 2, 2021

Perhaps the greatest technological challenge to harvesting on Earth the fusion energy that powers the sun and stars in future 

February 1, 2021

Multi-institutional researchers led by physicist C.S. Chang of the U.S.

January 27, 2021

A new type of rocket thruster that could take humankind to Mars and beyond has been proposed by a physicist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL).

January 25, 2021

The twisty plasma fusion device known as the stellarator was first envisioned by Lyman Spitzer, the founder of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), 70 years ago as a way to harness the energy of the stars in a bottle.

January 13, 2021

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.

January 12, 2021

Breakthroughs ranging from improved control of efforts to bring the fusion energy that powers the sun and stars to Earth to advanced modeling of the formation of heavenly bodies highlighted research at t

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