Vast rings of electrically charged particles encircle the Earth and other planets.
Fusion energy could be a “game changer” as a possible future option for generating clean, safe, and abundant electric energy, U.S. Rep. Andy Kim (D-NJ) said during a visit to the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) on July 8.
Scientists seeking to bring to Earth the fusion that powers the sun and stars must control the hot, charged plasma — the state of matter composed of free-floating electrons and atomic nuclei, or ions — that fuels fusion reactions.
Beryllium, a hard, silvery metal long used in X-ray machines and spacecraft, is finding a new role in the quest to bring the power that drives the sun and stars to Earth.
Leadership of laboratory experiments that bring astrophysical processes down to Earth has won physicist Will Fox the 2019 Thomas H. Stix Award.
The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) hosted its largest group of undergraduate students ever for the annual undergraduate plasma workshop June 10 to 14 with more than 60 physics and engineering students coming from as far away as South Dakota, Washington, and Puerto Rico for the intensi
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has launched an ambitious new program to encourage private-pubic partnerships to speed the development on Earth of the fusion energy that powers the sun and most stars.
A key obstacle to controlling on Earth the fusion that powers the sun and stars is leakage of energy and particles from plasma, the hot, charged state of matter composed of free electrons and atomic nuclei that fuels fusion reactions. At the U.S.
High-energy ion beams — laser-like beams of atomic particles fired through accelerators — have applications that range from inertial confinement fusion to the production of superhot extreme states of matter that are thought to exist in the core of giant planets like Jupiter and that researchers a
When you peer into the night sky, much of what you see is plasma, a soupy amalgam of ultra-hot atomic particles. Studying plasma in the stars and various forms in outer space requires a telescope, but scientists can recreate it in the laboratory to examine it more closely.
Institutions ranging from NASA to the Korean Physical Society have recently bestowed national and international honors on four scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL).
How can scientists foresee and avoid massive disruptions in plasma, a key hurdle to bringing the fusion reactions that power the sun and stars to Earth to generate electricity?
Machine learning (ML), a form of artificial intelligence that recognizes faces, understands language and navigates self-driving cars, can help bring to Earth the clean fusion energy that lights the sun and stars. Researchers at the U.S.
Scientists have created a novel method for measuring the stability of a soup of ultra-hot and electrically charged atomic particles, or plasma, in fusion facilities called “tokamaks.” Involving an innovative use of a mathematical tool, the method might lead to a technique for stabilizing plasma a
Lithium, the light silvery metal used in everything from pharmaceutical applications to batteries that power your smart phone or electric car, could also help harness on Earth the fusion energy that lights the sun and stars.
Artificial intelligence (AI), a branch of computer science that is transforming scientific inquiry and industry, could now speed the development of safe, clean and virtually limitless fusion energy for generating electricity. A major step in this direction is under way at the U.S.
Physicists at the U.S.
To capture and control on Earth the fusion reactions that drive the sun and stars, researchers must first turn room-temperature gas into the hot, charged plasma that fuels the reactions. At the U.S.
The New Jersey Assembly Science, Innovation and Technology Committee and the Assembly Education Committee met jointly at the College of New Jersey on March 20 to hear testimony from experts regarding the importance of science, technology, engineering and math
Jon Menard, the head of research on the National Spherical Torus Experiment-Upgrade (NSTX-U) at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), has been named the new PPPL deputy director for research.
Some 750 seventh- to 10th-grade girls spent the day learning about computer coding, plasma science, artificial intelligence, and other subjects through numerous hands-on activities at PPPL’s Young Women’s Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) on March 22 at Prince
The number of female engineers at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has increased over the years but women engineers say they are still often the only one females in the room. Now they are trying to change that.
Some 750 girls will operate robots, use goggles to get a 3-D view of the brain, learn about computer coding and talk to FBI forensics investigators at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory’s Young Women’s Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) on Friday, March 22,
Can tokamak fusion facilities, the most widely used devices for harvesting on Earth the fusion reactions that power the sun and stars, be developed more quickly to produce safe, clean, and virtually limitless energy for generating electricity? Physicist Jon Menard of the U.S.
Pictured above: David McComas, vice president of PPPL and professor of astrophysical sciences, signed for the University, while Kim Tafe, contracting officer for the DOE-Princeton business management office, signed for the Department of Energy.
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory physicist Sam Cohen will receive funding from a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) award to his collaborator to upgrade and operate his Princeton Field Reversed Configuration device, the PFRC-2.
The Ridge High School team from Basking Ridge, New Jersey, will go to Washington, D.C., for the National Science Bowl® Finals after battling out a win against a previous champion, West Windsor-Plainsboro South, at the New Jersey Regional Science Bowl on Feb.
PRINCETON, New Jersey (Feb. 19, 2019) - They have drilled and practiced after school and on weekends. They’ve learned the best strategies and they’ve listened to pep talks from their coaches. Now some of the best science and math students in the state are ready to compete in the U.S.
Fast magnetic reconnection, the rapid convergence, separation and explosive snapping together of magnetic field lines, gives rise to northern lights, solar flares and geomagnetic storms that can disrupt cell phone service and electric power grids.
Stuart Hudson, acting head of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory’s Theory Department, visited three national laboratories recently as one of 15 national laboratory leaders from a variety of backgrounds selected for the U.S.
How have stars and planets developed from the clouds of dust and gas that once filled the cosmos? A novel experiment at the U.S.
Steven Cowley, director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), has spent a lifetime working to develop fusion energy as a viable source of electricity. But in his spare time, he enjoys investigating the role of magnetism in the universe.
Scientists seeking to capture and control on Earth fusion energy, the process that powers the sun and stars, face the risk of disruptions — sudden events that can halt fusion reactions and damage facilities called tokamaks that house them. Researchers at the U.S.
Want to create your own plasma? You can create and control a plasma from the comfort of your own device.
No physics lecture at PPPL up until recently has included electric guitar riffs by the lecturer, snippets from heavy metal bands, and a video clip from the movie “This Is Spinal Tap.”
Craig Ferguson, a leader with more than 25 years of experience at U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories and other federal facilities, will become deputy director for operations and chief operating officer at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) after a nationwide search.
Sudden bursts of heat that can damage the inner walls of tokamak fusion experiments are a hurdle that operators of the facilities must overcome.
A day-long Technology Showcase spotlighting the unique research, technical expertise, and inventions that the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory offers to collaborators and funders attracted a wide range of potential partners.
Like surfers catching ocean waves, particles within the hot, electrically charged state of matter known as plasma can ride waves that oscillate through the plasma during experiments to investigate the production of fusion energy.
Elle Starkman, an award-winning photographer at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) Office of Communications, has received a new honor for a photo of more than 400 people attending a scientific conference at Princeton University.
Down a hallway in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), scientists study the workings of a machine in a room stuffed with wires and metal components.
From new insights into the control of nuclear fusion to improved understanding of the fabrication of material thousands of time thinner than a human hair, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) achieved wide-ranging advances in 2018.
Scientists seeking to bring the fusion reaction that powers the sun and stars to Earth must keep the superhot plasma free from disruptions. Now researchers at the U.S.
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