Science Highlights

A high-resolution photo shows the inside of the Alcator C-Mod tokamak with a representative cross-section of a fusion plasma superimposed.05.20.16Science Highlight

Supercomputers Predict New Turbulent Interactions in Fusion Plasmas

Cutting-edge simulations provide an explanation for a mystery over half a century old. Read More »

View of the surface of a lithium pool in Lithium Tokamak Experiment, as it is heated and cleaned of oxides by a beam of high energy electrons.05.20.16Science Highlight

Hotter All The Way: Lithium Wall Contains Plasma Without Cooling It

Lithium walls open up access to new regimes for the fusion reactor. Read More »

Cassiopeia A is the remnant of a supernova explosion that occurred over 300 years ago in our galaxy, at a distance of about 11,000 light years from us.08.01.15Science Highlight

Magnetic Amplification in Cosmic Field Explained

Experimental turbulence model matches the magnetic field amplification seen within the remains of a supernova. Read More »

Snapshots of a helium bubble just before bursting when grown at slow versus fast rates.07.01.15Science Highlight

Double, Double Toil and Trouble: Tungsten Burns and Helium Bubbles

New models reveal the impact of competing processes on helium bubble formation in plasma-exposed tungsten. Read More »

Precise real-time steering of microwaves drives current at location of a Neoclassical Tearing Mode, causing it to shrink and disappear.10.01.12Science Highlight

‘Catch and Suppress’ Control of Instabilities in High Performance Fusion Plasmas

Real time steering of microwave beams is used to suppress deleterious modes on DIII-D. Read More »

The 3D helical structure in the core of the plasma is revealed in the measurements of...10.01.12Science Highlight

A New Twist on the Magnetic Equilibrium of a Toroidal Plasma

The reversed field pinch’s helical state reveals nonlinear physics of plasma self-organization. Read More »

The Magnetic Recoil Neutron Spectrometer on the OMEGA laser facility during operation.10.01.12Science Highlight

Using Nuclear Fusion Reactions to Peer Inside the Core of a Dense Hot Plasma

Studies of different fusion reactions have shown unexpected plasma behavior in inertial fusion implosions. Read More »

Density maps of protons at t=7.3 ps for the case of...10.01.12Science Highlight

Creating a Well-focused Laser-accelerated Proton Beam as a Driver for Proton Fast Ignition

Focusing of laser accelerated proton beams advances with a novel cone target design. Read More »

Helically Symmetric Experiment at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.10.01.12Science Highlight

Large Plasma Flow Discovered in the Helically Symmetric Experiment

A new type of stellarator could be a promising candidate for future fusion reactors. Read More »

Students, scientists, engineers and technicians study results from a high-performance Alcator C-Mod plasma discharge.10.01.12Science Highlight

Better Fusion Plasma Operating Scenarios are Being Explored and Extended on the Alcator C-Mod Tokamak

Recent experiments on Alcator C-Mod have investigated an improved confinement regime, called “I-Mode”, expanding its operational range and pointing toward its applicability on future devices. Read More »

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