Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) researchers are describing a newly discovered stabilizing effect of an underappreciated 1983 finding that variations in plasma temperature can influence the growth of magnetic islands that lead to disruption of fusion plasmas.  The discovery could help scientists seeking to bring the fusion reaction that powers the sun and stars to […]

Dr. Michael Van Zeeland from General Atomics, led the research by international team that was composed of more than 30 scientists from across the globe who worked together to develop an approach to keep the fusion plasma in check. To harness fusion energy fast plasma particles can be confined by a strong magnetic field, which […]

Imagine building a machine so advanced and precise you need a supercomputer to help design it. That’s exactly what scientists and engineers in Germany did when building the Wendelstein 7-X experiment. The device, funded by the German federal and state governments and the European Union, is a type of fusion device called a stellarator. The […]

Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Plasma Science & Fusion Center and Commonwealth Fusion Systems, will present their work at the American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics meeting in Portland, Oregon. The scientists are working to dramatically speed up the development of fusion energy with a breakthrough technology – high-temperature superconductors, which can be used to […]

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology class project developed a new design suggesting a solution to a longstanding problem how to get rid of excess heat generated in next-generation fusion power plants.   A class exercise at MIT, aided by industry researchers, offers a new solution made possible by an innovative approach to compact fusion reactors, […]

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