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NSTX-U Press Kit

Upgraded NSTX center stack. (photo by Elle Starkman/ PPPL Office of CommunicationsThe NSTX-U Press Kit (this webpage) offers downloadable fact sheets, images, videos, and more!  Journalists can access all these features and resources below.

National Spherical Torus Experiment Upgrade (NSTX-U)

The U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) runs the National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX), which has undergone a $94 million upgrade which was completed in 2015 that makes it the most powerful experimental fusion facility, or tokamak, of its type in the world. Experiments will test the ability of the upgraded spherical facility to maintain a high-performance plasma under conditions of extreme heat and power. Results could strongly influence the design of future fusion reactors.

PPPL, on Princeton University's Forrestal Campus in Plainsboro, New Jersey, is devoted to creating new knowledge about the physics of plasmas — ultra-hot, charged gases — and to developing practical solutions for the creation of fusion energy. Results of PPPL research have ranged from a portable nuclear materials detector for anti-terrorist use to universally employed computer codes for analyzing and predicting the outcome of fusion experiments. The laboratory is managed by the University for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, which is the largest single supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit the Office of Science website


Please check here for information on visiting the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, located on Princeton University's Forrestal Campus in Plainsboro, New Jersey, U.S.A.


The following online resources have been provided for you, which include videos, PDF document files, and links to other websites and content.  Included are: PHD Comics: Fusion Energy Explained - What is Fusion?, U.S. Department of Energy's A Star on Earth, Star Power, NSTX-U components, NSTX-U images, the NSTX-U Project Website, NSTX-U: Learn more, Builders and Users, Building the Most Powerful Spherical Tokamak on Earth, Components of the NSTX-U, Fusion Machines of the World, NSTX-U Fun Facts, PPPL Spinoffs, Unveiling the Most Powerful Spherical Tokamak on Earth, Quest Magazine 2015, and A Star For Us e-comic.


Online Resources:

NSTX-U components (schematic image)
NSTX-U Team Photo
NSTX-U images (via Flickr)
NSTX-U Project Website (Jon Menard, Principal Research Physicist, NSTX-U)
NSTX-U: Learn more (web articles)

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