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December 21, 2012

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the cell

Not a creature was stirring. Just the warning bell.

The diagnostics were hung on the tokamak with care

In hopes that first plasma soon would be there.

December 21, 2012

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has joined forces with researchers in South Korea to develop a pre-conceptual design for a pioneering fusion facility in that Asian nation.

December 4, 2012

The latest advances in plasma physics were the focus of more than 1,000 scientists from around the world who gathered in Providence, R.I., from Oct. 29 through Nov. 2 for the 54th Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society’s Division of Plasma Physics (APS-DPP).

November 21, 2012

Research to develop fusion energy has shown “significant progress” in many areas, according to a new report from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), a think tank whose members represent some 90 percent of the electricity produced in the United States.

November 20, 2012

The French government has capped more than two years of review by issuing a license for the construction of ITER, the international fusion project that the European Union, the United States and five other countries are building in Cadarache, France, to demonstrate the feasibility of fusion energy

November 8, 2012

Seventy participants from 16 countries and international groups gathered at the University of California at Los Angeles under the auspices of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in mid-October to formulate the early stages of a roadmap for the worldwide magnetic fusion program.

October 31, 2012
Recent experiments have confirmed the great potential of a novel plasma-material interface concept.

The Science

Heat escaping from the core of a twelve-million degree nuclear fusion plasma device was successfully contained by a snowflake-shaped magnetic field to mitigate its impact on device walls.

The Impact

October 12, 2012

The crucial next steps on the roadmap to developing fusion energy will be the focus of more than 70 top fusion scientists and engineers from around the world who will gather at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) this month. The Oct.

October 10, 2012

A center based at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has won a highly competitive $12.25 million grant to develop computer codes to simulate a key component of the plasma that fuels fusion energy.

October 2, 2012

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has received a federal Sustainability Award for reducing overall greenhouse gas emissions 48 percent since 2008 – far exceeding the U.S. government’s
goal of a 28 percent reduction.

September 7, 2012

The director of the DOE's Office of Science is profiled in International Innovation magazine and discusses how his office, as the country's single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences, is the prime supporter of research in fusion energy sciences.

August 28, 2012
The Mastermind:

Helping others comes naturally to John DeLooper. He hung around the Lodi volunteer ambulance corps as a teenager and joined up as soon as he turned 18. He went on to become captain of the Lodi ambulance and rescue squad, which answered some 2,000 emergency calls a year.

August 27, 2012
Returning to his Princeton roots:

Physicist Amitava Bhattacharjee is returning to his academic roots. He arrives as the new head of the Theory Department at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) on August 27, more than 30 years after completing his doctoral work here.

August 27, 2012
Boon to fusion:

Researchers at a recent worldwide conference on fusion power have confirmed the surprising accuracy of a new model for predicting the size of a key barrier to fusion that a top scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has developed.

July 10, 2012
U.S.-German collaboration bears first fruits

Engineers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have designed and delivered a crucial barn-door size component for a major device for developing fusion power.

July 10, 2012
One of the largest scientific projects since the moon landing has Oxford Superconducting Technology in Carteret, New Jersey, humming around the clock.
July 9, 2012

The Laboratory has announced the hiring of six postdoctoral researchers as staff research physicists. The researchers are Ahmed Diallo, Brian Grierson, Michael Jaworski, Walter Guttenfelder, Mario Podesta, and Erik Spence.

June 21, 2012

A group of scientists, including a team working at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, are being honored with a prestigious award for aiding the development of a device representing a key advance for fusion energy.

June 13, 2012

Two members of the U.S. Congress from New Jersey visited the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) on Wednesday, June 13, to announce that the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to restore $76 million in funding for fusion energy research.

May 29, 2012

More than 70 researchers from around the world gathered at Princeton University May 23-25 for the 2012 U.S.-Japan Workshop on Magnetic Reconnection. PPPL physicist Hantao Ji chaired the international workshop, which was the twelfth since 1998 and the third to be held at Princeton.

May 22, 2012

More than 50 participants from a dozen U.S. research institutions gathered at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) May 17-18 for the third annual meeting of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Plasma Science Center.

May 3, 2012

Kitta MacPherson, the director of communications at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, has been recognized by the International Academy of Visual Arts (IAVA) with a 2012 Communicator Award.

April 17, 2012

A.J. Stewart Smith, who has served as Princeton University's first dean for research since 2006, will assume a newly created position as vice president for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) to serve as the University's primary liaison with DOE.

April 13, 2012
Scientists working under the leadership of the U.S.
March 19, 2012

Scientists at Princeton University are starting to compose the complex codes designed to instruct a new class of powerful computers that will allow researchers to tackle problems that were previously too difficult to solve.

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