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Optimal magnetic fields

Optimal Magnetic Fields for Suppressing Instabilities in Tokamaks

Fusion, the power that drives the sun and stars, produces massive amounts of energy. Scientists here on Earth seek to replicate this process, which...
artificial intelligence system

Artificial Intelligence Project to Help Bring the Power of the Sun...

To capture and control the process of fusion that powers the sun and stars in facilities on Earth called tokamaks, scientists must confront disruptions...
Plasma Switch

Protecting the Power Grid: Advanced Plasma Switch Can Make the Grid...

Inside your home and office, low-voltage alternating current (AC) powers the lights, computers and electronic devices for everyday use. But when the electricity comes...
supercomputer

Newest Supercomputer to Help Develop Fusion Energy in International Device

Scientists led by Stephen Jardin, principal research physicist and head of the Computational Plasma Physics Group at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton...
Fusion Plasmas

No More Zigzags: Scientists Uncover Mechanism That Stabilizes Fusion Plasmas

Sawtooth swings — up-and-down ripples found in everything from stock prices on Wall Street to ocean waves — occur periodically in the temperature and...
plasma heating

IPP’s ELISE Test Rig Achieves First ITER Objective

The heating beam in the ELISE test rig at Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) at Garching near Munich has attained the values...
Phosphors

Positrons Are Shining Brighter

Phosphors have long been in daily use, e.g. in TV screens or PC monitors and in science for investigating plasmas and particle or antiparticle...
fusion device

Smooth Sailing: PPPL Develops an Integrated Approach to Understand How to...

A key goal for ITER, the international fusion device under construction in France, will be to produce 10 times more power than goes into...
plasma

Lithium — It’s Not Just for Batteries: the Powdered Metal Can...

You may be most familiar with the element lithium as an integral component of your smart phone’s battery, but the element also plays a...
Accelerators

Scientists Develop a Path Toward Improved High-energy Accelerators

Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), in collaboration with researchers in South Korea and Germany, have developed...

Turbulence in bacterial cultures

Cultures of motile bacteria exhibit swirling patterns with a high level of self-organization that are reminiscent of classical turbulence. However, to describe these adequately,...

A small, modular, efficient fusion plant

It’s an old joke that many fusion scientists have grown tired of hearing: Practical nuclear fusion power plants are just 30 years away —...

Scientists Propose an Explanation for Puzzling Electron Heat Loss in Fusion...

Creating controlled fusion energy entails many challenges, but one of the most basic is heating plasma – hot gas composed of electrons and charged...

Physicists find surprising ‘liquid-like’ particle interactions in Large Hadron Collider

Three years ago, Rice physicists and their colleagues on the Large Hadron Collider’s (LHC’s) Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment stumbled on an unexpected phenomenon....

Postcards from the plasma edge

For magnetic fusion energy to fuel future power plants, scientists must find ways to control the interactions that take place between the volatile edge of the plasma and the walls that surround it in fusion facilities. Such interactions can profoundly affect conditions at the superhot core of the plasma in ways that include kicking up impurities that cool down the core and halt fusion reactions.