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PPPL on the global stage

By John Greenwald How crucial is PPPL to the worldwide effort to develop fusion as clean and abundant source of energy for generating electricity? The full extent of the Laboratory’s role came home to me this week at the annual … Continue reading

14. May 2013 by Christopher Cane
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PPPL Open House

Mark your calendar and prepare to have some fun at The Princeton Plasma Physics Lab’s Open House on  June 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. when the Laboratory will open its doors for the public to see the National … Continue reading

30. April 2013 by Christopher Cane
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A Pleasing Disruption: Fusion equations pop up on popular TV show

FUSIONISTA: FUSION IN POP CULTURE  Above, in a scene from a recent episode of the top-rated CBS TV comedy, The Big Bang Theory, lead character Sheldon, a theoretical physicist, works on an equation describing turbulent diffusion in fusion devices. … Continue reading

12. February 2013 by Christopher Cane
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At JLab where the nucleus is king

FUSIONISTA: Notes from the landscape of the National Labs I know I am lucky — part of my job is to occasionally visit my colleagues at other DOE National Laboratories, where I get to meet some of the best scientists … Continue reading

22. January 2013 by Christopher Cane
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The Expanding Palette of Fusion

More from the Fusion Power Associates meeting in Washington, D.C., concluding today: A self portrait of fusion physicist Glen Wurden (from Los Alamos) taken in infrared wavelengths (3-5 microns), using a new state-of-the art infrared camera (FLIR Systems SC8303HD). This … Continue reading

06. December 2012 by Christopher Cane
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Of hohlraums and plasmas and machines called “Z”

PPPL Director Stewart Prager described a host of scientific activities at the Lab during a talk at the annual Fusion Power Associates (FPA) meeting held in Washington, D.C. Steve Dean, the executive director of FPA, can be seen to his … Continue reading

06. December 2012 by Christopher Cane
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Dr. Z weighs in on sun killers

Dr. Michael Zarnstorff Could a supervillain destroy the sun that gives our planet life? When a writer for the science website Life’s Little Mysteries pondered that question, he turned to PPPL Deputy Director Michael Zarnstorff for his astrophysical expertise. Zarnstorff … Continue reading

06. September 2012 by Christopher Cane
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U.S. Department of Energy’s Plasma Science Center holds third annual meeting at PPPL

Graduate student Hongyue Wang discussed her work on plasmas in Hall thrusters with University of Michigan professor Mark Kushner during the third annual meeting of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Plasma Science Center at PPPL. Wang, a student at Beihang … Continue reading

23. May 2012 by Christopher Cane
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A flame is a plasma, after all, so PPPL joins a contest

Andrew Zwicker, a physicist at PPPL who heads science education, working with Aliya Merali. More than 800 scientists. Nearly 5,000 students. That’s how many people are involved in what ABC news anchor Diane Sawyer has called “the most inspired contest … Continue reading

26. April 2012 by Christopher Cane
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Wonder Weld

Engineers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory are using the process shown here to create a super-strong weld for the upgrade of a key component of the Lab’s experimental nuclear fusion reactor. The whirling steel tool … Continue reading

26. January 2012 by Christopher Cane
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