Science Highlights

Discovered: Optimal Magnetic Fields Suppress Instabilities in Tokamak Plasmas09.11.18Science Highlight

Discovered: Optimal Magnetic Fields Suppress Instabilities in Tokamak Plasmas

U.S. and Korean scientists show how to find and use beneficial 3-D field perturbations to stabilize dangerous edge-localized modes in plasma. Read More »

Auroras on the Moon? Which Moon?08.21.18Science Highlight

Auroras on the Moon? Which Moon?

Charged particles emanating from Jupiter’s magnetosphere are powered up to create the northern and southern lights on Ganymede, Jupiter’s largest moon. Read More »

Higher Plasma Densities, More Efficient Tokamaks08.21.18Science Highlight

Higher Plasma Densities, More Efficient Tokamaks

In magnetic confinement fusion devices known as tokamaks, the maximum operational density limits the efficiency and now we know how this limit may be overcome. Read More »

Neutral Particle Beams Work Better by Working Smarter08.21.18Science Highlight

Neutral Particle Beams Work Better by Working Smarter

Enabling beams to respond to plasma conditions in real time allows scientists to avoid instabilities and raise performance. Read More »

Flying Focus: Controlling Lasers over Long Distances08.21.18Science Highlight

Flying Focus: Controlling Lasers over Long Distances

New technique allows the spatiotemporal control of laser intensity, potentially changing the way laser-based accelerators are optimized. Read More »

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 »

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