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PPPL Offers Twice-Monthly Public Tours

Science fans will get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the cutting edge research taking place at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory when the Laboratory, which already offers tours to groups, opens up its doors to smaller groups or individuals with new twice-monthly public tours starting in October.

The free tours will be held the first and third Fridays of every month at 10 a.m., starting on Oct. 10 and Oct. 24. The next tours will be on Nov. 7 and Nov. 21, Dec. 5 and Dec. 19 at 10 a.m. Tours are aimed at adults and young people age 12 and over and space is limited. Please contact tours@pppl.gov to pre-register.

Tours at PPPL are given by researchers and engineers who work in the field every day.  The tours are aimed at explaining fusion energy and PPPL’s role as a national and international leader in developing fusion energy as a clean, safe and affordable source of electric energy.

Visitors typically view videos about PPPL and fusion energy, take part in hands-on plasma demonstrations, visit the control room of the National Spherical Torus Experiment and tour other sites at the Laboratory.  

Tour groups will begin visiting the National Spherical Torus Experiment next year after the experiment’s $94 million upgrade is completed.

PPPL is also open for tours to large groups of 10 or more people and school groups (middle school and up). Email tours@pppl.gov to pre-register.

The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is a collaborative national research center that is funded by the Department of Energy and managed by Princeton University.

PPPL is located at 100 Stellarator Road off Campus Drive in Plainsboro. The main number of the Laboratory is (609) 243-2000.  Directions can be found at http://www.pppl.gov/about/visiting-pppl.

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