Allain wins ANS Fusion Energy Division Technical Accomplishment Award

NPRE Aug 20, 2018 | Susan Mumm JP Allain, Professor of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering, has been selected for the 2018 Technical Accomplishment Award of the American Nuclear Society Fusion Energy Division (ANS FED). The first University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty member ever to have been chosen for this honor, Allain has been … Read moreAllain wins ANS Fusion Energy Division Technical Accomplishment Award

Steady as she goes: Scientists tame damaging plasma instabilities and pave the way for efficient fusion on Earth

PPPL By John Greewald | August 21, 2018 (Photo by Greg Cunningham/General Atomics Energy Group ) PPPL physicist Raffi Nazikian, left, and General Atomics physicist Craig Petty in front of a model cross-section of the DIII-D tokamak Before scientists can capture and recreate the fusion process that powers the sun and stars to produce virtually … Read moreSteady as she goes: Scientists tame damaging plasma instabilities and pave the way for efficient fusion on Earth

Crown of concrete and doors of steel at the ITER Tokamak complex

Fusion for Energy 20 August 2018 The Tokamak Complex, the Assembly Hall, the Cryoplant and Magnet Power Conversion buildings on the right. ITER Construction site, Cadarache, July 2018 © ITER IO As the temperatures rise in the south of France and we enter the summer hiatus, the activity in the region gradually slows down. On … Read moreCrown of concrete and doors of steel at the ITER Tokamak complex

Micro-spectrometer for fusion plasma boundary measurements

AIP Published Online: 14 August 2018 Accepted: June 2018 Review of Scientific Instruments 89, 10J116 (2018); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5035365 A. M. Keesee, M. Dugas, S. Ellison, L. Neal1, E. E. Scime, D. S. Thompson, J. Tersteeg, and C. J. Tucker Abstract In situ probes are being developed to make direct, spatially resolved measurements of the ion energy … Read moreMicro-spectrometer for fusion plasma boundary measurements

Evidence of generation of non-inductive toroidal plasma current above density limit

Fusion Group August 20, 2018 by Daniel Gallart Alcator C-Mod (Photo: Courtesy of MIT) One of the key requirements to achieve steady-state power production in a fusion reactor based on the so-called tokamak configuration is to generate non-inductive toroidal plasma current in an efficient way. A recent paper published in Physical Review Letters entitled “Observation … Read moreEvidence of generation of non-inductive toroidal plasma current above density limit

Magnetic Flux Capacity: New Research Shows How To Improve Nuclear Fusion Reactions

Evolving Science Aug 16, 2018 | Deirdre Nuclear fusion is a concept for power generation that has been around for some time. These days, research and development in this area are done using up-to-date reactors called tokamaks. These installations may provide the data and insights necessary to bring fusion back into the 21st century. However, … Read moreMagnetic Flux Capacity: New Research Shows How To Improve Nuclear Fusion Reactions

New cloud-based computing platform for fusion research

Fusion Group August 17, 2018 by Xavier Sáez Since June Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) provides a new facility to fusion scientists, named the CUMULUS Modular Data Centre. The centre contains a new cloud-based computing platform that promises to process scientific data quicker, cheaper and more accurately than ever before. Scientific computing is an … Read moreNew cloud-based computing platform for fusion research

Will doubling magnetic field strength halve the time to fusion energy?

Physics Today 01 August 2018 Magnets built with high-temperature superconductors are at the heart of efforts to demonstrate a burning plasma in a compact device. Two spin-off companies, one in the US and the other in the UK, hope to beat ITER, the massive seven-nation undertaking, by 10 years or more in proving that fusion … Read moreWill doubling magnetic field strength halve the time to fusion energy?

Diamond capsules improve performance of laser fusion

Phys.org August 9, 2018, Osaka University Figure 1. Diamond capsule for nuclear fusion made using the chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method (Diameter: ~500 µm, film thickness < 6 μm). Credit: Osaka University Osaka University-led researchers demonstrated that the perturbation of laser imprinting on a capsule for nuclear fusion fuel made from stiff and heavy materials ... Read moreDiamond capsules improve performance of laser fusion

Secretary of Energy Perry says PPPL research has potential to ‘change the world’

PPPL Emily Aronson, Office of Communications | Aug. 9, 2018 U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry toured the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) Thursday, Aug. 9, saying that national labs like PPPL have the potential to change the world through their scientific research. “Fusion is incredibly important not just to this institution, not just to the … Read moreSecretary of Energy Perry says PPPL research has potential to ‘change the world’