Overview of research highlights, growth, and diversification at PPPL

  • June 21, 2023, 4:00 pm US/Central
  • Jonathan E. Menard, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
  • Chris Stoughton, dmmartin@pppl.gov
  • Video

The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) is pursuing three complementary research missions: (1) Developing the scientific knowledge and advanced engineering to enable fusion power, (2) Advancing the science of nanoscale fabrication and sustainable manufacturing, and (3) Furthering the development of the scientific understanding of the plasma universe, from laboratory to astrophysical scales. For Mission 1, PPPL is refurbishing its user facility, NSTX. Upgrade, is developing diagnostics for the ITER burning plasma experiment, collaborating domestically and abroad, and pursuing fusion public-private partnerships. For Mission 2, PPPL is leading a center for low-temperature plasmas, pursuing industrial partnerships in microelectronics and quantum materials and devices, and advancing plasmas for sustainable manufacturing. Lastly, for Mission 3, PPPL is completing a new facility to study magnetic reconnection, developing exascale simulations of ultra-relativistic plasmas, and carrying out novel measurements of high-energy-density plasmas. Research highlights and progress toward PPPL diversification and growth will be discussed.