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Newswise: Exploring the source of stars and planets in a laboratory
Released: 23-Oct-2020 2:50 PM EDT
Exploring the source of stars and planets in a laboratory
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

New computer simulation aims to verify a widely held but unproven theory of the growth of celestial bodies.

Newswise: PPPL physicist to receive Edison Award for fusion-powered rocket propulsion
Released: 21-Oct-2020 1:50 PM EDT
PPPL physicist to receive Edison Award for fusion-powered rocket propulsion
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

PPPL physicist Sam Cohen will receive an Edison Award for his invention with collaborators of a compact rocket engine thruster propelled by a small fusion reactor.

Newswise: Invention sparked by COVID-19 pandemic safely disinfects surfaces continuously
Released: 12-Oct-2020 3:20 PM EDT
Invention sparked by COVID-19 pandemic safely disinfects surfaces continuously
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

A PPPL invention to apply plasma to frequently touched items for continuous disinfection could provide a safe, effective, non-chemical way to reduce pathogens on various high-touch surfaces.

Newswise: PPPL physicist wins third place at Innovation Forum for advanced liquid centrifuge invention
Released: 12-Oct-2020 2:55 PM EDT
PPPL physicist wins third place at Innovation Forum for advanced liquid centrifuge invention
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Physicist Erik Gilson won third place at the Princeton University Keller Center’s 15th Annual Innovation Forum for his invention with a team of PPPL researchers of an advanced liquid centrifuge.

Newswise: Path-setting theoretical physicist Elena Belova elected an APS Fellow
Released: 7-Oct-2020 11:20 AM EDT
Path-setting theoretical physicist Elena Belova elected an APS Fellow
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Profile of PPPL physicist Elena Belova, a pioneer in developing hybrid simulation codes in fusion and space plasmas, who has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

Newswise: Graduate students gather virtually for summer school at PPPL
Released: 5-Oct-2020 3:45 PM EDT
Graduate students gather virtually for summer school at PPPL
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Students attending the third annual graduate summer school at PPPL gathered virtually, due to travel restrictions, to get a broad overview of the field of plasma physics.

Newswise: Renowned physicist and former diagnostics developer at PPPL wins Asia Pacific plasma physics award
Released: 28-Sep-2020 4:40 PM EDT
Renowned physicist and former diagnostics developer at PPPL wins Asia Pacific plasma physics award
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Hyeon Park honored with 2020 Subramanyan Chandrasekhar Prize for Plasma Physics from the Division of Plasma Physics of the Association of Asia Pacific Physical Societies. The prize recognizes Park for his work developing an essential diagnostic tool for tokamak fusion facilities throughout the world.

Newswise: The American Nuclear Society designates the groundbreaking Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor a Nuclear Historic Landmark
Released: 25-Sep-2020 12:40 PM EDT
The American Nuclear Society designates the groundbreaking Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor a Nuclear Historic Landmark
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

The record-setting PPPL tokamak that laid the foundation for future fusion power plants receives the distinguished landmark designation from the the American Nuclear Society.

Newswise: Scientists develop forecasting technique that could help advance quest for fusion energy
Released: 23-Sep-2020 12:10 PM EDT
Scientists develop forecasting technique that could help advance quest for fusion energy
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

An international group of researchers has developed a technique that forecasts how tokamaks might respond to unwanted magnetic errors. These forecasts could help engineers design fusion facilities that create a virtually inexhaustible supply of safe and clean fusion energy to generate electricity.

Newswise: PPPL physicist Hutch Neilson receives award for decades of leadership on national and international fusion experiments
Released: 16-Sep-2020 11:25 AM EDT
PPPL physicist Hutch Neilson receives award for decades of leadership on national and international fusion experiments
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Hutch Neilson, a physicist at PPPL who is head of ITER Projects, has received the 2020 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE) Nuclear & Plasma Sciences Society (NPSS) Merit Award for decades of achievements, including collaborations with fusion experiments around the world from the Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X) stellarator in Germany to the international ITER experiment in the south of France.

Newswise: Virtual internships for physics students present challenges, build community
Released: 15-Sep-2020 3:35 PM EDT
Virtual internships for physics students present challenges, build community
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Summer is usually the time when student interns flock to PPPL to learn about fusion and plasma physics at a national laboratory. But because of the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s students participated virtually from their homes around the country.

Newswise: DOE provides $21 million to advance diagnostics on the flagship fusion facility at PPPL
Released: 9-Sep-2020 4:35 PM EDT
DOE provides $21 million to advance diagnostics on the flagship fusion facility at PPPL
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

New funding will upgrade key diagnostics on the National Spherical Tokamak Experiment-Upgrade, the flagship facility at PPPL.

Newswise: Researchers find unexpected electrical current that could stabilize fusion reactions
Released: 4-Sep-2020 12:05 PM EDT
Researchers find unexpected electrical current that could stabilize fusion reactions
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

PPPL scientists have found that electrical currents can form in ways not known before. The novel findings could give researchers greater ability to bring the fusion energy that drives the sun and stars to Earth.

Newswise: New public-private projects to speed fusion energy production come to PPPL
Released: 4-Sep-2020 10:30 AM EDT
New public-private projects to speed fusion energy production come to PPPL
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Two new fusion companies will work with PPPL to model their development concepts under the INFUSE program.

Newswise: Revised code could help improve efficiency of fusion experiments
Released: 25-Aug-2020 4:35 PM EDT
Revised code could help improve efficiency of fusion experiments
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Researchers led by PPPL have upgraded a key computer code for calculating forces acting on magnetically confined plasma in fusion energy experiments. The upgrade will help scientists further improve the design of breakfast-cruller-shaped facilities known as stellarators.

Newswise: Egemen Kolemen wins 2020 Excellence in Fusion Engineering Award
Released: 18-Aug-2020 5:10 PM EDT
Egemen Kolemen wins 2020 Excellence in Fusion Engineering Award
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Egemen Kolemen, Princeton University assistant professor and PPPL physicist, wins prestigious Fusion Power Associates award.

Newswise: New findings could help scientists tame damaging heat bursts in fusion reactors
Released: 17-Aug-2020 4:30 PM EDT
New findings could help scientists tame damaging heat bursts in fusion reactors
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Physicists at PPPL discover a new trigger for edge localized modes (ELMs) — instabilities that can halt fusion reactions and damage the tokamaks that house such reactions.

Newswise: Workshop aimed at encouraging women and minority students to consider careers in plasma physics goes online
Released: 13-Aug-2020 11:45 AM EDT
Workshop aimed at encouraging women and minority students to consider careers in plasma physics goes online
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

A dozen undergraduate students spent the afternoon doing experiments aimed at teaching them some fundamentals about electromagnets through PPPL’s Undergraduate Workshop in Plasma Physics.

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.


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