Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory has developed an improved model for forecasting the crucial balance of pressure at the edge of a fusion plasma. A key requirement for future facilities that aim to capture and control on Earth the fusion energy that drives the sun and stars is accurate predictions of the pressure of the plasma. […]

Machine learning can help bring to Earth the clean fusion energy that powers the sun and stars. Researchers are using this form of artificial intelligence to create a model for rapid control of plasma – the state of matter composed of free electrons and atomic nuclei, or ions – that fuels fusion reactions. Machine learning […]

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 […]

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