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Released: 5-Mar-2024 8:00 AM EST
One way to improve a fusion reaction: Use weaknesses as strengths
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Scientists are using the imperfections in magnetic fields that confine a fusion reaction to improve and enhance the plasma in an approach outlined in a new paper in the journal Nature Communications. PPPL Physicist Seong-Moo Yang led the research team, which spans various institutions in the U.S. and South Korea. Yang says this is the first time any research team has validated a systematic approach to tailoring magnetic field imperfections to make the plasma suitable for use as a power source. These magnetic field imperfections are known as error fields.

Released: 21-Feb-2024 11:00 AM EST
Engineers use AI to wrangle fusion power for the grid
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

A Princeton-led team composed of engineers, physicists, and data scientists from the University and the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have harnessed the power of artificial intelligence to predict — and then avoid — the formation of a specific plasma problem in real time.

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Released: 7-Feb-2024 9:00 AM EST
Mapping local quality at super-resolution scale
Chinese Academy of Sciences

Super-resolution fluorescence microscopy images often suffer from noise and artifacts, which are difficult to estimate accurately and finely.

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Released: 25-Jan-2024 2:05 PM EST
New space for building ultra-powerful magnets launches at national laboratory
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Under the direction of principal engineer Yuhu Zhai, PPPL is building its new High-Field Magnet Test Facility, which will provide powerful magnets for scientific experiments to researchers at both PPPL and Princeton University, as well as private companies along the mid-Atlantic coast.

Newswise: Islands That Move Together, Disrupt Together
Released: 24-Jan-2024 4:05 PM EST
Islands That Move Together, Disrupt Together
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Magnetic plasma confinement in tokamaks is subject to effects from instabilities in the hot plasma.

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Released: 23-Jan-2024 12:05 PM EST
Liquid lithium on the walls of a fusion device helps the plasma within maintain a hot edge
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Emerging research from the Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) suggests it may be easier to use fusion as a power source if liquid lithium is applied to the internal walls of the device housing the plasma.

Newswise: Researchers Visualize Energetic Ion Flow in Fusion Devices
Released: 16-Jan-2024 9:30 AM EST
Researchers Visualize Energetic Ion Flow in Fusion Devices
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Burning fusion plasmas host a wide array of electromagnetic waves that can push energetic ions out of the plasma.

Released: 20-Dec-2023 3:05 PM EST
Working with Big Data requires a lot of power! The latest research and features on Supercomputing
Newswise

With the rise in machine learning applications and artificial intelligence, it's no wonder that more and more scientists and researchers are turning to supercomputers. Supercomputers are commonly used for making predictions with advanced modeling and simulations. This can be applied to climate research, weather forecasting, genomic sequencing, space exploration, aviation engineering and more.

       
Released: 20-Dec-2023 1:05 PM EST
U.S. Department of Energy Announces Early Career Research Program for FY 2024
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced it is accepting applications for the 2024 DOE Office of Science Early Career Research Program to support the research of outstanding scientists early in their careers.

Newswise: Theta supercomputer set to retire: A look back at its impact on science at Argonne and beyond
Released: 20-Dec-2023 11:05 AM EST
Theta supercomputer set to retire: A look back at its impact on science at Argonne and beyond
Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne National Laboratory’s Theta supercomputer will be retired at the end of 2023, ending a productive run of enabling scientific breakthroughs in areas ranging from materials discovery to supernova simulations.

Released: 14-Dec-2023 3:05 PM EST
Newly developed material gulps down hydrogen, spits it out, protects fusion reactor walls
University of Wisconsin–Madison

University of Wisconsin–Madison engineers have used a spray coating technology to produce a new workhorse material that can withstand the harsh conditions inside a fusion reactor.

Newswise: SLAC brings rapid-fire laser and target expertise to national fusion energy research hubs
Released: 7-Dec-2023 3:05 PM EST
SLAC brings rapid-fire laser and target expertise to national fusion energy research hubs
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

The lab will partner in two collaborations – one led by Colorado State University and the other by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory – as part of a DOE-funded effort to speed up progress in fusion energy science and technology.

Released: 7-Dec-2023 1:05 PM EST
DOE Announces $42 Million for Inertial Fusion Energy Hubs
Department of Energy, Office of Science

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $42 million for a program that will establish multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary hubs to advance foundational inertial fusion energy (IFE) science and technology, building on the groundbreaking work of the Department’s researchers into harnessing the power of the sun and stars.

Newswise: Company founded by University of Bristol academic develops revolutionary fusion reactor
Released: 28-Nov-2023 9:05 AM EST
Company founded by University of Bristol academic develops revolutionary fusion reactor
University of Bristol

A company founded by a University of Bristol academic is pioneering a new technology that has the potential to revolutionise cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Released: 30-Oct-2023 1:05 PM EDT
Department of Energy Announces $11.4 Million for Research on Quantum Information Science for Fusion Energy Sciences
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $11.4 million for six projects in quantum information science (QIS) with relevance to fusion and plasma science.

Released: 4-Oct-2023 3:05 PM EDT
Department of Energy Announces $16 Million for Research on the DIII-D National User Facility and Small-scale Experiments
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $16 million in funding for nine projects that are focused on advancing innovative fusion technology and collaborative research on small-scale experiments and on the DIII-D National Fusion Facility, an Office of Science scientific user facility. The projects will be executed under 16 awards at 13 institutions across the nation.

Newswise: PPPL wins three major DOE awards for supercomputing fusion projects
Released: 1-Sep-2023 4:05 PM EDT
PPPL wins three major DOE awards for supercomputing fusion projects
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Description of the three PPPL-led SciDAC collaborations that unite fusion scientists and and applied mathematicians to solve complex fusion problems through supercomputing.

Newswise: U.S. Department of Energy Selects Team to Advance Fusion Research
Released: 1-Sep-2023 4:05 PM EDT
U.S. Department of Energy Selects Team to Advance Fusion Research
University of California San Diego

With a $7.4 million DOE grant award, a multi-institutional team of data scientists from General Atomics, the San Diego Supercomputer Center and UC San Diego, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Sapientai will develop a Fusion Data Platform for advancing high-priority fusion research.

Released: 31-Aug-2023 1:05 PM EDT
Department of Energy Announces $29 Million for Research on Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and Data Resources for Fusion Energy Sciences
Department of Energy, Office of Science

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $29 million in funding for seven team awards for research in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and data resources for fusion energy sciences.

Newswise: Promising approaches to combatting tokamak disruptions presented at global PPPL-hosted workshop
Released: 23-Aug-2023 4:15 PM EDT
Promising approaches to combatting tokamak disruptions presented at global PPPL-hosted workshop
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

An overview of recent developments for coping with damaging disruptions in doughnut-shaped tokamak fusion facilities.

Newswise: Artificial Intelligence Beyond the Clinic
Released: 21-Aug-2023 8:00 AM EDT
Artificial Intelligence Beyond the Clinic
Harvard Medical School

Artificial intelligence's impact goes beyond clinical medicine. It is reshaping science in more profound ways.

   
Newswise: Scientists discover shortcut that aids the design of twisty fusion facilities
Released: 17-Aug-2023 11:30 AM EDT
Scientists discover shortcut that aids the design of twisty fusion facilities
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Scientists have found a mathematical shortcut that could help harness fusion energy, a potential source of clean electricity that could mitigate floods, heat waves, and other rising effects of climate change.

Released: 14-Aug-2023 1:05 PM EDT
Department of Energy Announces $112 Million for Research on Computational Projects in Fusion Energy Sciences
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science (SC), announced $112 million in funding for 12 projects that focus on collaborations among fusion scientists, applied mathematicians, and computer scientists to maximize the use of high performance computing, including exascale computers.

Newswise: A record six public-private partnership grants to speed the development of fusion energy awarded to PPPL
Released: 11-Aug-2023 10:55 AM EDT
A record six public-private partnership grants to speed the development of fusion energy awarded to PPPL
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Article describes the unprecedented six DOE-backed INFUSE partnerships awarded to PPPL.

Newswise: Five ORNL scientists to receive DOE Early Career Research awards
Released: 4-Aug-2023 12:00 PM EDT
Five ORNL scientists to receive DOE Early Career Research awards
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Since its inception in 2010, the Early Career Research program bolsters national scientific discovery by supporting early career researchers in fields pertaining to the Office of Science.

Released: 2-Aug-2023 1:25 PM EDT
Department of Energy Announces $28.5 Million for LaserNetUS
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Today, the Department of Energy’s Office of Science announced $28.5 million for LaserNetUS to advance discovery science and inertial fusion energy.

Released: 26-Jul-2023 12:30 PM EDT
DOE Announces $33 Million to Advance Energy Research Across America
Department of Energy, Office of Science

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $33 million to support 14 clean-energy research projects as part of a program to ensure the Department’s research funding is reaching pockets of the country that traditionally have received disproportionally low amounts of Federal scientific funding. The projects will cover a range of topics—including grid integration, renewable solar and wind energy, and advanced manufacturing. Today’s funding will help ensure all regions of the country share in the ownership of priority research that advances science and addresses energy and environmental issues as the country moves ahead to reach the Biden-Harris Administration’s ambitious climate goals.

Released: 25-Jul-2023 1:20 PM EDT
Department of Energy Announces $4.6 Million for Research on Public-Private Partnership Awards to Advance Fusion Energy
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $4.6 million in funding for 18 projects at national laboratories and U.S. universities. The awards are provided through the Innovation Network for Fusion Energy, or INFUSE, program, which was established in 2019. The program is sponsored by the Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) program office within DOE’s Office of Science and is focused on accelerating fusion energy development through public-private research partnerships.

Released: 17-Jul-2023 1:10 PM EDT
Department of Energy Announces $5.25 Million for Research on High Energy Density Plasmas
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science (SC) and DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced $5.25 million for 11 research projects in High Energy Density Laboratory Plasmas (HEDLP).

Newswise: PPPL makes critical contributions to historic public-private partnership
Released: 6-Jul-2023 4:05 PM EDT
PPPL makes critical contributions to historic public-private partnership
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory confirms achievement of 100 million degree plasma, the heat required for commercial fusion energy production, in the UK Tokamak Energy's compact spherical ST40 tokamak.

Released: 27-Jun-2023 2:05 PM EDT
DOE and Sweden Sign Joint Implementation Agreement to Increase Scientific Cooperation
Department of Energy, Office of Science

The Department of Energy (DOE) today signed an implementation agreement with Sweden to further promote and facilitate basic science research in energy and related fields.

Newswise: US-Japan fusion materials collaboration marks 40 years of progress
Released: 27-Jun-2023 1:15 PM EDT
US-Japan fusion materials collaboration marks 40 years of progress
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Creating energy the way the sun and stars do — through nuclear fusion — is one of the grand challenges facing science and technology. What’s easy for the sun and its billions of relatives turns out to be particularly difficult on Earth. On Earth, scientists must generate, confine and sustain a superhot gas called plasma — heated to 10 times the temperature of the center of the sun — to cause a fusion reaction. Although terrestrial plasmas can be confined magnetically, what materials can withstand near such high temperatures and the relentless impact of energetic neutrons? That question is central to the development of economical fusion power plants to provide abundant and carbon-free energy. Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been working with Japanese scientists under the Japan-U.S. Fusion Cooperation Program for decades to determine the answer.

Newswise: Fusion Simulations Reveal the Multi-Scale Nature of Tokamak Turbulence
Released: 21-Jun-2023 3:20 PM EDT
Fusion Simulations Reveal the Multi-Scale Nature of Tokamak Turbulence
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Creating efficient, self-sustaining fusion power requires good confinement of the heat in the plasma. This requires understanding particle and energy losses due to turbulence. A new analysis studied the complex interaction in turbulence between the slow, large-scale motion of hydrogen fuel ions and the fast, small-scale motion of electrons. It found that this so-called “multi-scale turbulence” is mostly responsible for the heat losses in the edge region of tokamak experiments.

Released: 31-May-2023 6:10 PM EDT
DOE Announces $46 Million for Commercial Fusion Energy Development
Department of Energy, Office of Science

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $46 million in funding to eight companies advancing designs and research and development for fusion power plants, representing a major step in President Biden’s commitment to a pilot-scale demonstration of fusion within a decade. Fusion reactions power the stars, and research is underway to make fusion energy production on Earth possible, providing an abundant, inherently safe, non-carbon-emitting energy source for the planet. This funding from the Milestone-Based Fusion Development Program will solidify U.S. leadership in fusion commercialization, a gamechanger that would help the United States meet the President’s goal of reaching a net-zero economy by 2050.

Newswise: Small Fusion Experiment Hits Temperatures Hotter than the Sun’s Core
Released: 30-May-2023 9:50 AM EDT
Small Fusion Experiment Hits Temperatures Hotter than the Sun’s Core
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Future commercial fusion power plants will need to achieve temperatures of 100 million degrees C, which requires careful control of the plasma. Researchers have now achieved these temperatures on a compact spherical tokamak called ST40. The results are a step toward fusion pilot plants and the development of more compact, and potentially more economical, fusion power sources.

Released: 25-May-2023 3:05 PM EDT
RSICC, ORNL’s longest running institution, observes 60th anniversary
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

A radiation safety center started by Alvin Weinberg is still going strong -- 60 years later.

Newswise: Fusion Q&A: The Path Forward
Released: 22-May-2023 11:15 AM EDT
Fusion Q&A: The Path Forward
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Fusion energy could address pollution, climate change, and high energy prices. Berkeley Lab’s Cameron Geddes and Reed Teyber explain how researchers are trying to make it a reality.

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Released: 21-Apr-2023 3:10 PM EDT
TRANSCRIPT AND VIDEO AVAILABLE Live Event for April 21: Sleeping pill reduces levels of Alzheimer’s proteins
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Researcher will discuss the study which involved a sleeping aid known as suvorexant that is already approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for insomnia, hints at the potential of sleep medications to slow or stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

       
Newswise: The Latest From The American Astronomical Society Meeting And Other Space News
9-Jan-2023 4:20 PM EST
The Latest From The American Astronomical Society Meeting And Other Space News
Newswise

Below are some of the latest articles that have been added to the Space and Astronomy channel on Newswise, a free source for journalists.

Newswise: Cooling 100 million degree plasma with a hydrogen-neon mixture ice pellet
Released: 6-Jan-2023 12:05 PM EST
Cooling 100 million degree plasma with a hydrogen-neon mixture ice pellet
National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS)

At ITER – the world’s largest experimental fusion reactor, currently under construction in France through international cooperation – the abrupt termination of magnetic confinement of a high temperature plasma through a so-called “disruption” poses a major open issue.

Newswise: What the breakthrough in nuclear fusion energy means
Released: 13-Dec-2022 11:05 AM EST
What the breakthrough in nuclear fusion energy means
University of Miami

Scientists have reportedly achieved a key milestone in nuclear fusion energy. University of Miami College of Engineering researcher Giacomo Po addresses queries about the process of nuclear fusion and what it could mean for the future.

Newswise: PPPL awarded more than $12 million to speed development of a fusion pilot plant
Released: 15-Nov-2022 11:05 AM EST
PPPL awarded more than $12 million to speed development of a fusion pilot plant
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded PPPL funding of more than $12 million to work with laboratories around the world to accelerate the development of a pilot plant powered by the carbon-free fusion energy that drives the sun and stars and can counter climate change.

Newswise: PPPL physicist wins awards for two fusion projects
Released: 19-Oct-2022 10:05 AM EDT
PPPL physicist wins awards for two fusion projects
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Physicist Stefano Munaretto of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has received leadership roles in two DOE three-year awards.

Newswise: 4 science advances coming in the exascale era
Released: 18-Oct-2022 2:05 PM EDT
4 science advances coming in the exascale era
Argonne National Laboratory

To celebrate Exascale Day, Argonne highlights some of the projects poised to make scientific breakthroughs on the upcoming Aurora exascale computer. Their research explores the spread of cancer, fusion energy, brain mapping, particle physics and more.

Released: 13-Oct-2022 1:40 PM EDT
Department of Energy Announces $47 Million for Research at Tokamak and Spherical Tokamak Facilities
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded $47 million to U.S. scientists conducting experimental research in fusion energy science at tokamak and spherical tokamak facilities in the U.S. and around the globe. The awards support research that aims to close gaps in the science and technology basis for the tokamak approach to fusion energy. These awards will help support the Biden Administration’s decadal vision to accelerate fusion as a clean energy technology.

Newswise: A new high-temperature plasma operating mode for fusion energy discovered at the Korean Artificial Sun, KSTAR
Released: 5-Oct-2022 8:55 AM EDT
A new high-temperature plasma operating mode for fusion energy discovered at the Korean Artificial Sun, KSTAR
National Research Council of Science and Technology

KFE and SNU research team announced that they have discovered a new plasma operating mode that can improve plasma performance for fusion energy based on an analysis of plasma operations with ultra-high temperatures over 100 million degrees (Celsius) at the Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research (KSTAR).

Newswise: Scientists bring the fusion energy that lights the sun and stars closer to reality on Earth
Released: 27-Sep-2022 4:05 PM EDT
Scientists bring the fusion energy that lights the sun and stars closer to reality on Earth
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

PPPL scientists propose an explanation for the thermal quench, the sudden heat loss that precedes disruptions in doughnut-shaped tokamak fusion facilities.

Released: 22-Sep-2022 2:05 PM EDT
Department of Energy Announces $50 Million for a Milestone-Based Fusion Development Program
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $50 million to launch a new milestone-based fusion development program as authorized in the Energy Act of 2020. This program will support for-profit entities, who may team with national laboratories, universities, and others to meet major technical and commercialization milestones toward the successful design of a fusion pilot plant (FPP) that will help bring fusion toward technical and commercial viability. The program is informed by recent reports from the Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee; the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; community workshops; and input from private industry.



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