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Newswise: Scientists propose method for eliminating damaging heat bursts in fusion device
Released: 11-Aug-2020 1:50 PM EDT
Scientists propose method for eliminating damaging heat bursts in fusion device
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Researchers discover a technique for widening the windows of plasma current to enhance suppression of edge localized modes (ELMs) that can damage tokamak facilities.

Newswise: Scientists propose a novel method for controlling fusion reactions
Released: 4-Aug-2020 1:05 PM EDT
Scientists propose a novel method for controlling fusion reactions
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Researchers at the DOE's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory have developed a pulsed method for stabilizing magnetic islands that can cause disruptions in fusion plasmas.

Newswise: Will Fox wins 2020 John Dawson Award for producing new insights into astrophysical shockwaves
Released: 30-Jul-2020 11:50 AM EDT
Will Fox wins 2020 John Dawson Award for producing new insights into astrophysical shockwaves
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Profile of PPPL winner of APS Dawson Award for outstanding achievement in plasma physics research.

Newswise: First results of an upgraded experiment highlight the value of lithium for the creation of fusion energy
Released: 29-Jul-2020 2:30 PM EDT
First results of an upgraded experiment highlight the value of lithium for the creation of fusion energy
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Initial results of the Lithium Tokamak Experiment-Beta (LTX-β) at PPPL show that the enhancements significantly improve performance of the plasma that will fuel future fusion reactors.

Newswise: Accomplished early career physicist is first recipient of fellowship that honors pioneering PPPL physicist Robert Ellis Jr.
Released: 28-Jul-2020 5:30 PM EDT
Accomplished early career physicist is first recipient of fellowship that honors pioneering PPPL physicist Robert Ellis Jr.
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

An early career physicist with a strong background in plasma physics has been named to a new postdoctoral fellowship named for Robert Ellis Jr., a pioneering physicist at PPPL, that is aimed at diversifying the plasma physics field.

Newswise: Doctoral graduate Yuan Shi wins 2020 Marshall N. Rosenbluth Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award
Released: 23-Jul-2020 11:30 AM EDT
Doctoral graduate Yuan Shi wins 2020 Marshall N. Rosenbluth Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Profile of Yuan Shi, graduate of the Princeton Program in Plasma Physics based at PPPL and winner of this year's Outstanding Thesis Award presented by the American Physical Society.

Newswise: While birds chirp, plasma shouldn’t: New insight could advance development of fusion energy
Released: 21-Jul-2020 4:25 PM EDT
While birds chirp, plasma shouldn’t: New insight could advance development of fusion energy
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Scientists at PPPL have furthered understanding of a barrier that can prevent doughnut-shaped fusion facilities known as tokamaks from operating at high efficiency by causing vital heat to be lost from them.

Newswise: From Nashville to New Hampshire, PPPL’s student interns do research, attend classes and socialize from their home computers
Released: 13-Jul-2020 2:40 PM EDT
From Nashville to New Hampshire, PPPL’s student interns do research, attend classes and socialize from their home computers
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory's internship program this summer has gone virtual with 47 interns working on research projects from home.

Newswise: Barbara Harrison brings experience and human resource skills to new position of equity, diversity and inclusion business partner
Released: 13-Jul-2020 2:25 PM EDT
Barbara Harrison brings experience and human resource skills to new position of equity, diversity and inclusion business partner
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory has appointed Barbara Harrison, who has 19 years of experience in recruiting, to a new position spearheading PPPL's equity, diversity and inclusion efforts.

Newswise: Worldwide Stellarator Research Goes Virtual
Released: 10-Jul-2020 12:55 PM EDT
Worldwide Stellarator Research Goes Virtual
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Article describes weekly virtual stellarator conferences held in lieu of annual face-to-face meeting because of COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Newswise: Mathematical noodling leads to new insights into an old fusion problem
Released: 30-Jun-2020 4:40 PM EDT
Mathematical noodling leads to new insights into an old fusion problem
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Scientists at PPPL have gained new insight into a common type of plasma hiccup that interferes with fusion reactions. These findings could help bring fusion energy closer to reality.

Newswise: Scientists develop new tool to design better fusion devices
Released: 24-Jun-2020 6:35 PM EDT
Scientists develop new tool to design better fusion devices
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Researchers have demonstrated that an advanced computer code could help design stellarators confine the essential heat from plasma fusion more effectively.

Newswise: Matthew Kunz, Princeton and PPPL astrophysicist, receives prestigious NSF dual-purpose award
Released: 19-Jun-2020 11:20 AM EDT
Matthew Kunz, Princeton and PPPL astrophysicist, receives prestigious NSF dual-purpose award
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Profile of recipient of five-year NSF award to study the evolution of astrophysical magnetic fields and establish a summer school to attract women and underrepresented minorities to plasma physics.

Newswise: A proven method for stabilizing efforts to bring fusion power to Earth
Released: 17-Jun-2020 11:55 AM EDT
A proven method for stabilizing efforts to bring fusion power to Earth
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Researchers at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and General Atomics have demonstrated a method for stabilizing fusion plasmas by suppressing edge localized modes (ELMs).

Newswise: PPPL ramps up activities for diagnostics for ITER fusion experiment
Released: 11-Jun-2020 4:05 PM EDT
PPPL ramps up activities for diagnostics for ITER fusion experiment
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

The U.S. Department of Laboratory's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory will lead the design and construction of several diagnostics for ITER, the international fusion experiment. At the same time, engineers are completing design work on a microwave reflectometer diagnostic called a low field side reflectometer.

Newswise: Groundbreaking University of Maryland Physicist Wins Princeton Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship to Bring Her Mathematical Skills to PPPL
Released: 8-Jun-2020 2:05 PM EDT
Groundbreaking University of Maryland Physicist Wins Princeton Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship to Bring Her Mathematical Skills to PPPL
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Article profiles standout doctoral graduate who has developed a unique mathematical means to facilitate the development of stellarator fusion facilities.

Newswise: New research deepens understanding of Earth’s interaction with the solar wind
Released: 2-Jun-2020 4:15 PM EDT
New research deepens understanding of Earth’s interaction with the solar wind
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

A team of scientists at PPPL and Princeton University has reproduced a process that occurs in space to deepen understanding of what happens when the Earth encounters the solar wind.

Newswise: Lehigh University graduate student wins DOE award to conduct thesis research at PPPL
Released: 29-May-2020 4:05 PM EDT
Lehigh University graduate student wins DOE award to conduct thesis research at PPPL
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Article profiles Vincent Graber, his research interests and thesis plans.

Newswise: Return of the Blob: Scientists find surprising link to troublesome turbulence at the edge of fusion plasmas
Released: 26-May-2020 3:50 PM EDT
Return of the Blob: Scientists find surprising link to troublesome turbulence at the edge of fusion plasmas
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Correlation discovered between magnetic turbulence in fusion plasmas and troublesome blobs at the plasma edge.

Newswise: New insights into the dynamic edge of fusion plasmas could help capture the power that drives the sun and stars
Released: 21-May-2020 6:05 PM EDT
New insights into the dynamic edge of fusion plasmas could help capture the power that drives the sun and stars
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Unique PPPL simulations reveal new understanding of the highly complex edge of fusion plasmas.

Newswise: Renowned scientist to head new research for plasma applications in industry and quantum information science
Released: 8-May-2020 10:50 AM EDT
Renowned scientist to head new research for plasma applications in industry and quantum information science
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory has appointed David Graves, an internationally known chemical engineer, to head a new research enterprise that will explore plasma applications in semiconductor manufacturing and the next generation of super-fast quantum computers.

Newswise: Scientists explore the power of radio waves to help control fusion reactions
Released: 28-Apr-2020 11:55 AM EDT
Scientists explore the power of radio waves to help control fusion reactions
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

New research points to improved control of troublesome magnetic islands in future fusion facilities.

Newswise: Graduate student at PPPL Ian Ochs wins top Princeton University fellowship
Released: 17-Apr-2020 4:25 PM EDT
Graduate student at PPPL Ian Ochs wins top Princeton University fellowship
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Graduate student in plasma physics at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory has won a highly selective honorific fellowship from Princeton University.

Newswise: Applying mathematics to accelerate predictions for capturing fusion energy to predict the behavior of fusion plasma
Released: 15-Apr-2020 4:30 PM EDT
Applying mathematics to accelerate predictions for capturing fusion energy to predict the behavior of fusion plasma
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

PPPL scientists have borrowed a technique from applied mathematics to rapidly predict the behavior of fusion plasma at a much-reduced computational cost.

Newswise: An innovative model of the dynamic magnetic field that surrounds Mercury
Released: 2-Apr-2020 12:25 PM EDT
An innovative model of the dynamic magnetic field that surrounds Mercury
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

The first detailed model of the interaction between the solar wind and the magnetic field that surrounds Mercury, findings that could lead to improved understanding of the stronger field around Earth.

Newswise: A new explanation for sudden collapses of heat in plasmas can help create fusion energy on Earth
Released: 30-Mar-2020 4:30 PM EDT
A new explanation for sudden collapses of heat in plasmas can help create fusion energy on Earth
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

PPPL researchers find that jumbled magnetic fields in the core of fusion plasmas can cause the entire plasma discharge to suddenly collapse.

Newswise: A landmark plan for realizing fusion energy and advancing plasma science
Released: 19-Mar-2020 2:10 PM EDT
A landmark plan for realizing fusion energy and advancing plasma science
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

A summary of key points of the fusion and plasma science community's year-long Community Planning Process that proposes accelerating development of these strategic fields.

Newswise: Artificial intelligence helps prevent disruptions in fusion devices
Released: 17-Mar-2020 2:05 PM EDT
Artificial intelligence helps prevent disruptions in fusion devices
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Research led by a Princeton University graduate student demonstrates that machine learning can predict and avoid damaging disruptions to fusion facilities.

Newswise: Permanent magnets far stronger than those on refrigerator doors could be a solution for delivering fusion energy
Released: 11-Mar-2020 1:55 PM EDT
Permanent magnets far stronger than those on refrigerator doors could be a solution for delivering fusion energy
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Permanent magnets can, in principle, greatly simplify the design and production of the complex coils of stellarator fusion facilities.

Newswise: Feeding fusion: hydrogen ice pellets prove effective for fueling fusion plasmas
Released: 10-Mar-2020 2:45 PM EDT
Feeding fusion: hydrogen ice pellets prove effective for fueling fusion plasmas
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Injecting pellets of hydrogen ice rather than puffing hydrogen gas improves fusion performance. Studies by PPPL and ORNL physicists compared the two methods on the DIII-D National Fusion Facility, looking ahead to the injection fueling planned for ITER.

Newswise: New twist in artificial intelligence could enhance the prediction of fusion disruptions
Released: 26-Feb-2020 4:55 PM EST
New twist in artificial intelligence could enhance the prediction of fusion disruptions
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

New application of deep learning allows prediction of disruptions from raw, high-resolution data from fusion energy experiments.

Newswise: Design of the W7-X fusion device enables it to overcome obstacles, scientists find
Released: 24-Feb-2020 4:05 PM EST
Design of the W7-X fusion device enables it to overcome obstacles, scientists find
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Advanced design of the world's largest and most powerful stellarator demonstrates the ability to moderate heat loss from the plasma that fuels fusion reactions.

Newswise: Particle beam could help map Earth’s magnetic field to understand how space weather impacts the planet
Released: 20-Feb-2020 2:40 PM EST
Particle beam could help map Earth’s magnetic field to understand how space weather impacts the planet
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Magnetic field lines that wrap around the Earth protect our planet from cosmic rays. Researchers at PPPL have now found that beams of fast-moving particles launched toward Earth from a satellite could help map the precise shape of the field.

Newswise: A Decade of Fusion, Astrophysics and Nanotechnology at PPPL
Released: 17-Feb-2020 10:15 AM EST
A Decade of Fusion, Astrophysics and Nanotechnology at PPPL
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Feature highlights PPPL accomplishments over the past 10 years.

Newswise: Investigating the trigger for an explosive process that occurs throughout the universe
Released: 12-Feb-2020 11:50 AM EST
Investigating the trigger for an explosive process that occurs throughout the universe
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

A detailed analysis of evolution of the trigger that sets off fast magnetic reconnection.

Newswise: Former PPPL intern honored for outstanding machine learning poster
Released: 23-Jan-2020 10:45 AM EST
Former PPPL intern honored for outstanding machine learning poster
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

The American Physical Society (APS) has recognized a former PPPL summer intern for producing an outstanding research poster at the world-wide APS Division of Plasma Physics (DPP) gathering last October. The student used machine learning to accelerate a leading PPPL computer code known as XGC.

Newswise: New model helps pave the way to bringing clean fusion energy down to Earth
Released: 22-Jan-2020 2:50 PM EST
New model helps pave the way to bringing clean fusion energy down to Earth
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

State-of-the-art simulation confirms a key source of heat and energy loss in spherical fusion facilities.

Newswise: Team led by PPPL wins major supercomputer time to help capture on Earth the fusion that powers the sun and stars
Released: 15-Jan-2020 2:05 PM EST
Team led by PPPL wins major supercomputer time to help capture on Earth the fusion that powers the sun and stars
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

PPPL will use INCITE-award time on Summit and Theta supercomputers to develop predictions for the performance of ITER, the international experiment under construction to demonstrate the feasibility of fusion energy.

Newswise: New computer code could reach fusion faster
Released: 10-Jan-2020 11:40 AM EST
New computer code could reach fusion faster
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Scientists often make progress by coming up with new ways to look at old problems. That has happened at PPPL, where physicists have used a simple insight to capture the complex effects of many high-frequency waves in a fusion plasma.

Newswise: Ten not-to-be-missed PPPL stories from 2019 — plus a triple bonus!
Released: 2-Jan-2020 11:30 AM EST
Ten not-to-be-missed PPPL stories from 2019 — plus a triple bonus!
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Arms control robots, a new national facility, and accelerating the drive to bring the fusion energy that powers the stars to Earth: Ten (and a triple bonus!) Must-Read Stories of 2019 from PPPL

Newswise: Powder, not gas: A safer, more effective way to create a star on Earth
Released: 23-Dec-2019 2:05 PM EST
Powder, not gas: A safer, more effective way to create a star on Earth
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

PPPL scientists have found that sprinkling a type of powder into fusion plasma could aid in harnessing the ultra-hot gas within a tokamak facility to produce heat to create electricity without producing greenhouse gases or long-term radioactive waste.

Newswise: Wake up with cutting-edge science on Saturday mornings at PPPL’s Science on Saturday lecture series
Released: 19-Dec-2019 6:05 PM EST
Wake up with cutting-edge science on Saturday mornings at PPPL’s Science on Saturday lecture series
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

PPPL begins its weekly series of lectures in the Ronald E. Hatcher Science on Saturday Lecture series in January. The 10-week series on a variety of cutting-edge science topics kicks off on Jan. 11 with a talk on "Visual Perception and the Art of the Brain."

Newswise: Novel PPPL invention could improve the efficiency of car and truck engines while reducing pollutants
Released: 18-Dec-2019 5:05 PM EST
Novel PPPL invention could improve the efficiency of car and truck engines while reducing pollutants
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

PPPL invention could improve efficiency of engines while reducing pollutants.

Newswise: Batten down the hatches: Preventing heat leaks to help create a star on Earth
Released: 13-Dec-2019 1:15 PM EST
Batten down the hatches: Preventing heat leaks to help create a star on Earth
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

PPPL physicists have identified a method by which instabilities can be tamed and heat can be prevented from leaking from fusion plasma, giving scientists a better grasp on how to optimize conditions for fusion in devices known as tokamaks.

Newswise: James Wilson Clark, PPPL’s first deputy director for administrative operations, was a decorated World War II veteran, experienced federal administrator, and active member of the Princeton community
Released: 11-Dec-2019 11:55 AM EST
James Wilson Clark, PPPL’s first deputy director for administrative operations, was a decorated World War II veteran, experienced federal administrator, and active member of the Princeton community
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

James W. Clark, PPPL's first deputy director for administrative operations, was a decorated World War II veteran with a long career in public service, who died Aug. 6. A memorial service in his honor will be held Dec. 21.

Newswise: Early-career engineers learn about the wide variety of tasks in PPPL program
Released: 4-Dec-2019 4:50 PM EST
Early-career engineers learn about the wide variety of tasks in PPPL program
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory's new rotational engineering program allows early-career engineers to receive a variety of training as they rotate through four different engineering areas during the two-year program.

Newswise: Bank on it: Gains in one type of force produced by fusion disruptions are offset by losses in another
Released: 2-Dec-2019 10:50 AM EST
Bank on it: Gains in one type of force produced by fusion disruptions are offset by losses in another
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Simulations show that halo currents can serve as a proxy for the total force produced by vertical disruptions.


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