Public Release: 29-Jul-2016
Physical Review A PPPL applies quantum theory and Einstein's special relativity to plasma physics issues
Researchers at the US Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory have developed a theory of plasma waves that can infer these properties in greater detail than in standard approaches. The new research analyzes the plasma surrounding the pulsar by coupling Einstein's theory of relativity with quantum mechanics, which describes the motion of subatomic particles such as the atomic nuclei -- or ions -- and electrons in plasma.
US Department of Energy
Public Release: 25-Jul-2016 PPPL and Princeton join high-performance software project
Princeton University and the US Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory are participating in the accelerated development of a modern high-performance computing code, or software package. Supporting this development is the Intel Parallel Computing Center Program, which provides funding to universities and laboratories to improve high-performance software capabilities for a wide range of disciplines.
Public Release: 31-May-2016
Nuclear Fusion PPPL physicist conducts experiments indicating efficiency of fusion start-up technique
Physicist Fatima Ebrahimi at the US Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and Princeton University has for the first time performed computer simulations indicating the efficiency of a start-up technique for doughnut-shaped fusion machines known as tokamaks. The simulations show that the technique, known as coaxial helicity injection, could also benefit tokamaks that use superconducting magnets.
DOE/Fusion Energy Sciences division
Public Release: 22-Feb-2016
Physics of Plasmas PPPL researchers advance understanding of turbulence that drains heat from fusion reactors
Physicists at the US Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory appear to have gained important new insights into what affects plasma turbulence, which can impact the leakage of heat from the fusion plasma within tokamaks. Understanding how fusion plasmas lose heat is crucial because the more a plasma is able to retain its heat the more efficient a fusion reactor can be.
US Department of Energy's Office of Science
Public Release: 5-Feb-2016
58th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics PPPL physicists help celebrate first hydrogen plasma on W7-X
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) physicists collaborating on the Wendelstein 7-X (W 7-X) stellarator fusion energy device in Greifswald, Germany were on hand for the Feb. 3 celebration when German Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed a button to produce a hydrogen-fueled superhot gas called a plasma.
DOE/Office of Fusion Energy Sciences
Public Release: 26-Jan-2016 PPPL team wins 80 million processor hours on nation's fastest supercomputer
The US Department of Energy has awarded a total of 80 million processor hours on the fastest supercomputer in the nation to an astrophysical project based at the DOE's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. The grants will enable researchers led by Amitava Bhattacharjee, head of the Theory Department at PPPL, and physicist Will Fox to study the dynamics of magnetic fields in the high-energy density plasmas that lasers create.
US Department of Energy Office of Science
Public Release: 12-Jan-2016 PPPL engineers complete the design of Wendelstein 7-X scraper unit
Engineers at the US Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory have finished designing a novel component for the Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X) stellarator, which recently opened at the Max Planck Institute of Plasma Physics in Griefswald, Germany.
DOE/Office of Science
Public Release: 23-Dec-2015
Nature Description of mechanism that halts solar eruptions
At the US Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, researchers led by physicist Clayton Myers have identified a mechanism that may halt eruptions before they leave the sun.
US Department of Energy, National Science Foundation
Public Release: 21-Dec-2015 Graduate students install diagnostic on NSTX-U
A system of antennas similar to those that astrophysicists use to study radio emissions from stars and galaxies will help shed light on fusion experiments at the US Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.
Public Release: 21-Dec-2015 PPPL physicists win Torkil Jensen award
Physicists Luis Delgado-Aparicio and Egemen Kolemen of the US Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory have won a national scientific competition to conduct a full day of experiments on the DIII-D National Fusion Facility that General Atomics operates in San Diego for the DOE.
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