Science Highlights

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

‘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...

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.

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...

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.

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.

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 »

A double coil is assembled on the transmission line of the magnetic field generator (MIFEDS).

Amplifying Magnetic Fields in High Energy Density Plasmas

Ultra high intensity magnetic fields open new opportunities in high energy density plasma science. Read More »

Low temperature plasma in air creates a variety of ionized and chemically reactive oxygen and nitrogen species.

Controlling Plasmas for a Cleaner World

New findings indicate that ionized plasmas like those in neon lights and plasma TVs can be used to sterilize water, making it antimicrobial for as long as a week after treatment. Read More »

Snowflake divertor

A Snowflake-Shaped Magnetic Field Holds Promise for Taming Harsh Fusion Plasmas

Recent experiments have confirmed the great potential of a novel plasma-material interface concept. Read More »

Typical structure of a peeling – ballooning mode in the DIII-D tokamak, calculated by the MHD stability code ELITE.

New Theoretical Model of the Complex Edge Region of Fusion Plasmas Proves Accurate

New research advances in the modeling of the critical “pedestal” region of tokamak plasmas. Read More »