Science Highlights

Predicting Magnetic Explosions: From Plasma Current Sheet Disruption to Fast Magnetic Reconnection06.22.18Science Highlight

Predicting Magnetic Explosions: From Plasma Current Sheet Disruption to Fast Magnetic Reconnection

Supercomputer simulations and theoretical analysis shed new light on when and how fast reconnection occurs. Read More »

Simulations of Magnetically Confined Plasmas Reveal a Self-Regulating Stabilizing Mechanism06.01.18Science Highlight

Simulations of Magnetically Confined Plasmas Reveal a Self-Regulating Stabilizing Mechanism

A mysterious mechanism that prevents instabilities may be similar to the process that maintains the Earth's magnetic field. Read More »

Seeing All the Colors of the Plasma Wind06.01.18Science Highlight

Seeing All the Colors of the Plasma Wind

2-D velocity imaging helps fusion researchers understand the role of ion winds (aka flows) in the boundary of tokamak plasmas. Read More »

Magnetized Plasmas That “Twist Light” Can Produce Powerful Microscopes and More05.04.18Science Highlight

Magnetized Plasmas That “Twist Light” Can Produce Powerful Microscopes and More

A non-twisting laser beam moving through magnetized plasma turns into an optical vortex that traps, rotates, and controls microscopic particles, opening new frontiers in imaging. Read More »

Whistling While You Work: Fusion Scientists Find Inspiration in Atmospheric Whistles05.02.18Science Highlight

Whistling While You Work: Fusion Scientists Find Inspiration in Atmospheric Whistles

Just like lightning, fusion plasmas contain odd electromagnetic whistler waves that could control destructive electrons in fusion reactors. Read More »

Zero Tolerance in Tokamaks: Eliminating Small Instabilities Before They Become Disruptions 05.02.18Science Highlight

Zero Tolerance in Tokamaks: Eliminating Small Instabilities Before They Become Disruptions

Energetic ions and beam heating cause or calm instabilities, depending on the tokamak’s magnetic field. Read More »

Scientists Have Overestimated Meteor Sizes03.26.18Science Highlight

Scientists Have Overestimated Meteor Sizes

First demonstration of high-pressure metastability mapping with ultrafast X-ray diffraction shows objects aren’t as large as previously thought. Read More »

Superconducting Tokamaks Are Standing Tall 01.16.18Science Highlight

Superconducting Tokamaks Are Standing Tall

Plasma physicists significantly improve the vertical stability of a Korean fusion device. Read More »

Microwave heating significantly alters Alfvén waves12.19.17Science Highlight

Microwaves Can Plug Leaks in Fusion Plasmas

Microwave heating significantly alters Alfvén waves, offering insights into the physics of the waves themselves. Read More »

Developing Fusion Energy via a Steady-State Tokamak 12.19.17Science Highlight

Currents Always Find the Fastest Detour

Scientists map electrical currents emanating from the boundary of a tokamak plasma, providing new information for reactor design. Read More »

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