· Allows fuel to be supplied in a continuous stream to the desired location
· Millisecond rate control
· Steady power production
· Allows steady-state operation of small, clean fusion reactor
· FRC Fusion Reactors
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL)
The U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) is a Collaborative National Center for plasma and fusion science. Its primary mission is to develop the scientific understanding and the key innovations which will lead to an attractive fusion energy source. Associated missions include conducting world-class research along the broad frontier of plasma science and providing the highest quality of scientific education.
Samuel Cohen is Director of the Program in Plasma Science and Technology at Princeton University and a Principal Research Physicist at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). He received his BS and PhD degrees in Physics from MIT (1968, 1973) where he was awarded the Goodwin Medal for Distinguished Teaching. In 1973 he joined PPPL where he has since worked, except for a one-year (1984-5) assignment to the Joint European Torus (JET) in Culham, UK and extended periods of service (1988-1994) in Munich, Germany, on the ITER Conceptual Design. Professor Cohen’s honors include: Telluride Scholar, General Motors Scholar, Sigma Xi, and RLE Fellow. A fellow of the American Physical Society, Professor Cohen is expert in the surface physics of fusion devices, impurities in plasmas, plasma processing, and clean, small fusion-reactor theory, design and experiment. Between 1991 and 2004 he served as Resident Associate Editor of Physics of Plasmas.
Daren Stotler is a Principal Research Physicist in the Theory Department at Princeton Plasma Physics Lab. He joined PPPL in 1986 immediately upon completion of his PhD at University of Texas at Austin; his undergraduate degree was received from Rice University (1981). Dr. Stotler is primarily interested in the interactions between plasmas and their material surroundings and has worked with Dr. Charles Karney to develop the DEGAS 2 neutral gas transport code to study how the plasma-material interactions and the resulting particles affect current experiments and predict their impact on future devices. Dr. Stotler has used DEGAS 2 to simulate in detail the neutral particle transport in experiments carried out on the Alcator C-Mod tokamak at MIT and the National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX) at PPPL. As part of PPPL’s participation in the Center for Plasma Edge Simulation (2005 – 2011) and current Edge Physics Simulation (EPSI) projects, Stotler has developed a comprehensive neutral particle transport routine based on DEGAS 2 and integrated it into the CPES kinetic plasma transport code.
Michael Buttolph is a 4th year undergraduate at Cornell University studying Engineering Physics. His greatest interests are problems in computational plasma physics and related fields. Mr. Buttolph plans to pursue a doctoral degree in computational science upon receiving his undergraduate degree.
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