PPPL Research

By PPPL | The U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) is a collaborative national center for fusion energy research. The Laboratory advances the coupled fields of fusion energy and plasma physics research, and, with collaborators, is developing the scientific understanding and key innovations needed to realize fusion as an energy source for the world. 

How Much Fuel Does It Take To Power The World?

Over the past few centuries, the quality of life for the overwhelming majority of the world has increased precipitously. Amenities brought by the widespread availability and distribution of electricity have brought us into the industrial and then the information age. Every day, billions of people …

Energy

PPPL physicists make first-ever direct observation of collisional plasmoid instability during magnetic reconnection in a laboratory setting

Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have for the first time directly observed a phenomenon …

Physics

Princeton Plasma Physics Lab

The past year saw many firsts in experimental and theoretical research at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). …

Taming oceans of data with new visualization techniques

The global ocean is the Earth's heating and cooling system, pushing balmy tropical waters toward the poles and bringing back colder, nutrient-rich …

A better way to simulate accretion of the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way is developed by PPPL and Princeton scientists

Scientists at Princeton University and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have developed a rigorous new …

Astrophysics

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Physicist Stefan Gerhardt receives 2016 Excellence in Fusion Engineering Award

Stefan Gerhardt, principal research physicist and head of experimental operations on the National Spherical Torus Experiment-Upgrade (NSTX-U) at the …

Physics

Scientists develop a path toward improved high-energy accelerators

Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), in collaboration with researchers in South Korea and …

Physics

Magnetic reconnection research sheds light on explosive phenomena in astrophysics and fusion experiments

Scientists are closer than ever to unraveling a process called magnetic reconnection that triggers explosive phenomena throughout the universe. Solar …

Physics

Preparing Today’s Leaders for Tomorrow’s Scientific and Energy Challenges

The Department of Energy recently launched the inaugural Energy Sciences Leadership Group (ESLG) to develop the next generation of leaders who will …

PPPL and Max Planck physicists confirm the precision of magnetic fields in the most advanced stellarator in the world

Physicist Sam Lazerson of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has teamed with German scientists to …

Physics

Fusion energy: A time of transition and potential

For centuries, humans have dreamed of harnessing the power of the sun to energize our lives here on Earth. But we want to go beyond collecting solar …

Tapping the Next Generation of Supercomputers to Bring Fusion Energy to the World

Scientists are developing computers that will be 50x faster than today’s by the 2020s, which will enable the first complete simulations of plasma.<p>The …

Tapping the Next Generation of Supercomputers to Bring Fusion Energy to the World

Scientists are developing computers that will be 50x faster than today’s by 2020, which will enable the first complete simulations of plasma.

Supercomputers

PPPL and Princeton researchers propose an explanation for the mysterious onset of a universal process

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and Princeton University have proposed a …

Physics

PPPL senior physicist Wei-li Lee honored at week-long symposium

Physicists from around the world gathered at the University of California, Irvine this past summer for a symposium in honor of Wei-li Lee, a senior …

Physics

PPPL Physicist Richard Hawryluk to chair the Nuclear Fusion editorial board

Richard Hawryluk, a distinguished physicist who heads the ITER and Tokamaks department at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics …

Physics

PPPL physicists build diagnostic that measures plasma velocity in real time

Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have developed a diagnostic that provides crucial …

Physics

PPPL scientists present key results at the 58th annual meeting of the American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics

More than 100 scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Laboratory (PPPL) joined nearly 2,000 others from around the …

Physics

PPPL physicist receives ExxonMobil grant for plasma research

Physicist Egemen Kolemen, who holds positions at Princeton University and the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), …

U.S. Department of Energy

NNSA Administrator visits Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

On Friday, October 28, NNSA administrator Lt. Gen. Frank Klotz (Ret.) visited the Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory …

Physics

Robert Goldston receives 2015 Nuclear Fusion Award at IAEA conference for best paper published in 2012

Fusion researcher Robert Goldston, a Princeton University professor of astrophysical sciences and former director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s …

Physics

PPPL physicists win funding to lead a DOE exascale computing project

A proposal from scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has been chosen as part of a national …

U.S. Department of Energy

PPPL inventors honored for device that creates medical isotope vital for diagnosing diseases

A team of scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has won the 2016 Edison Patent Award for …

U.S. Department of Energy

First results of NSTX-U research operations presented at the International Atomic Energy Agency Conference in Kyoto, Japan

Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratories (PPPL) and collaborating institutions presented results …

Physics

control nuclear fusion

<b>Running a fusion reactor is like holding part of the sun in a bottle its heart is a raging storm of particles trapped in a magnetic field.</b><p>To …

PPPL intern Joseph Labrum helped build components for a “zero knowledge” system that may have applicability to future nuclear arms control agreements

Joseph Labrum spent his summer internship building components to upgrade an experiment that successfully compared physical objects without learning …

U.S. Department of Energy

Steven Sabbagh leads study to predict and avoid disruptions on KSTAR plasmas

Steven Sabbagh, a senior research scientist at Columbia University on long-term assignment to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma …

U.S. Department of Energy