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 […]

Recent computer simulations have suggested a novel method for launching the plasma without using solenoids. The simulations at the National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX), the major fusion facility at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) shows the formation of distinct, current carrying magnetic structures called plasmoids that can initiate the plasma […]

General Atomics (GA) researchers working at the firm’s DIII-D National Fusion Facility have created an important new tool for controlling fusion plasmas that are hotter than the sun in collaboration with scientists from the University of California-Irvine and Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. This is the second post of three that started yesterday. Energy and momentum […]

The American Physical Society had a major news day last Friday with noteworthy and informative presentation announcements for their annual meeting in San Jose, California. The four announcements deal with progress on measuring controlling and building plasma devices. These topics are critical to progress because plasma is very hot, usually under pressure and in high […]

The ITER project, an acronym for International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, remains a project seeks to do the possible with impractical tools. There is no doubt that humanity can accomplish fusion in a quick and dirty way by making a bomb, or run reactions that don’t produce useful amounts of energy outputs, but unlike fission the […]

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