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July 17, 2018

Sawtooth swings — up-and-down ripples found in everything from stock prices on Wall Street to ocean waves — occur periodically in the temperature and density of the plasma that fuels fusion reactions in doughnut-shaped facilities called tokamaks.

July 12, 2018

Seth Davidovits, a 2017 graduate of the Program in Plasma Physics in the Princeton University Department of Astrophysical Sciences, has won the 2018 Marshall N. Rosenbluth Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award presented by the American Physical Society (APS).

July 9, 2018

When Germany’s Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X) fusion facility set a world record for stellarators recently, a finely tuned instrument built and delivered by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) proved the achievement.

July 9, 2018

From analyzing solar flares to pursuing “a star in a jar” to produce virtually limitless electric power, scientists at the U.S.

July 2, 2018

10 Questions for Steven Cowley, New Director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

June 26, 2018

PPPL launched about 60 student interns into a summer of research by hosting an intensive one-week course in plasma physics the week of June 11. 

June 21, 2018

Physicists Dr. Nate Ferraro and Dr. Sam Lazerson of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have each won 2018 Early Career Research Program awards sponsored by the DOE Office of Science.

June 12, 2018

Steven Cowley, newly named director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) effective July 1, has received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth “for services to science and the development of nuclear fusion.” 

June 6, 2018

Magnetic islands, bubble-like structures that form in fusion plasmas, can grow and disrupt the plasmas and damage the doughnut-shaped tokamak facilities that house fusion reactions. Recent research at the U.S.

June 4, 2018

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has won two awards from the U.S.

June 4, 2018

PRINCETON, New Jersey (June 6, 2018) – The 23rd International Conference on Plasma Surface Interactions in Controlled Fusion Devices – the preeminent biennial research conference in this field – begins on June 17 and continues for six days.

May 29, 2018

Any solid surface immersed within a plasma, including those in satellite engines and fusion reactors, is surrounded by a layer of electrical charge that determines the interaction between the surface and the plasma.

May 23, 2018

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.

May 16, 2018

By Office of Communications, Princeton University

May 11, 2018

A team of scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has won a DOE Office of Science award to develop new X-ray diagnostics for WEST — the Tungsten (W) Environment in Steady-state Tokamak — in Cadarache, France.

May 8, 2018

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 physicis

April 20, 2018

Scientists seeking to bring fusion — the power that drives the sun and stars — down to Earth must first make the state of matter called plasma superhot enough to sustain fusion reactions. That calls for heating the plasma to many times the temperature of the core of the sun.

April 2, 2018

Physicist William Tang has won a highly competitive $100,000 Global Impact Award from NVIDIA Corp., the leading producer of graphics processing units (GPUs) for carrying out artificial intelligence (AI) computing.

March 29, 2018

A team of Princeton University inventors won first place at the 13th Annual Innovation Forum for its invention of a unique type of device called a “flowmeter.” The instrument was developed at PPPL and offers a simple, inexpensive, and contactless method of measuring fluids in industria

March 29, 2018

A team of U.S. and German scientists has used a system of large magnetic “trim” coils designed and delivered by the U.S.

March 22, 2018

Halo currents — electrical currents that flow from the hot, charged plasma that fuels fusion reactions and strike the walls of fusion facilities — could damage the walls of fusion devices like ITER, the international experiment under construction in France to demonstrate the feasibility of fusion

March 16, 2018

Birds do it and so do doughnut-shaped fusion facilities called “tokamaks.” But tokamak chirping— a rapidly changing frequency wave that can be far above what the human ear can detect — is hardly welcome to researchers who seek to bring the fusion that powers the sun and stars to Earth.

March 15, 2018

A millisecond burst of light on a computer monitor signaled production of the first plasma in a powerful new device for advancing research into magnetic reconnection — a critical but little understood process that occurs throughout the universe.

March 12, 2018

A key challenge in fusion research is maintaining the stability of the hot, charged plasma that fuels fusion reactions inside doughnut-shaped facilities called “tokamaks.” Physicists at the U.S.

March 6, 2018

Nanoparticles, superstrong and flexible structures such as carbon nanotubes that are measured in billionths of a meter — a diameter thousands of times thinner than a human hair — are used in everything from microchips to sporting goods to pharmaceutical products.

February 28, 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.

February 27, 2018

Scientists at the U.S.

February 16, 2018

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science, the largest U.S.

February 13, 2018

Clayton Myers, a 2015 graduate of the Program in Plasma Physics in the Princeton Department of Astrophysical Sciences who did his research at the U.S.

February 12, 2018

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.

February 5, 2018

You may be most familiar with the element lithium as an integral component of your smart phone’s battery, but the element also plays a role in the development of clean fusion energy.

January 29, 2018

David Johnson and Charles Skinner, principal research physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), have been appointed to three-year terms as ITER Scientist Fellows.

January 22, 2018

Elena Belova, a principal research physicist in the Theory Department at the U.S.

January 8, 2018

Throughout 2017 researchers at the U.S.

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