NEWS: Alcator C-Mod tokamak

Theresa Wilks: Fine-tuning fusion on DIII-D

Postdoc Theresa Wilks’s interest lies in the edge of the hot plasma closest to the tokamak’s chamber walls. Changes within these few centimeters, known as the ‘edge pedestal,’ can significantly affect the turbulence in the plasma, possibly leading to better control of the plasma and greater energy production.  


Fusion heating gets a boost

Fusion researchers at MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC), along with colleagues in Belgium and the UK, have created a new method of heating fusion plasmas in tokamaks. The new method has resulted in raising trace amounts of ions to megaelectronvolt (MeV) energies — an order of magnitude greater than previously achieved.


Funding fusion could be the key to clean energy

Andrew Lo, Director of the MIT Laboratory for Financial Engineering, proposed a fusion fund in the form of a private-public partnership guided by a board of advisers. “We’re only asking for $10 billion for fusion to fuel the rest of the human race," Lo said. "I would argue we can’t afford not to try.”

Sloan School of Management Online Newsletter

Alcator C-Mod interior, MIT

New record for fusion

Alcator C-Mod tokamak nuclear fusion reactor sets world record on final day of operation.


Alcator C-mod interior

Alcator C-Mod pressure record: FAQ

On September 30th 2016 the Alcator C-Mod team set the plasma pressure record for a magnetically confined fusion device. For the first time anywhere the team obtained plasma pressures higher than 2 atmospheres.


High intensity fusion

MIT’s Alcator C-Mod nuclear reactor winds down — and defines its legacy on its final run.

School of Engineering

Silvia Espinosa: On the edge of discovery

Silvia Espinosa is seeking to understand phenomena observed in plasmas that fuel magnetic fusion devices like the Center’s Alcator C-Mod tokamak. 


Paul Ennever

PSFC Monthly Student Vignette — PAUL ENNEVER

Paul Ennever is a 6th year graduate student in the Physics department who works on Alcator C-Mod.  His main research interest has been plasma turbulence, which he measures using the phase contrast imaging diagnostic.