NEWS: High field magnets

Magnets, compasses and lightsabers

In Washington DC scientific curiosity was at its peak, along with the cherry blossoms, during the fifth biennial USA Science and Engineering Festival. Thousands of the approximately 370,000 attendees stopped by the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC) booth from April 6 – 8 to learn about plasmas and magnets, which are key to the Center’s pursuit of fusion energy.

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3Q: Zach Hartwig on MIT's big push on fusion

Today, MIT announced plans to work with a newly formed company, Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS), to realize the promise of fusion as a source of unlimited, safe, carbon-free energy. 

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Dongkeun Park: Winding a way to future medical insights

Dongkeun Park has been instrumental in the Francis Bitter Magnet Lab's decade-long pursuit to build an 800 MHz high-temperature superconducting magnet for NMR spectroscopy, a technology that provides a unique insight into biological processes. 

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PSFC Research Scientist Robert Granetz

3 questions: Robert Granetz on fusion research

In a recent talk at the MIT Energy Initiative, PSFC Research Scientist Robert Granetz discussed how using machine learning to develop a real-time warning system for impending disruptions in fusion reactors is bringing us one step closer to creating a stable, net-energy-producing fusion device.

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Kaylee de Soto: A game changer

Incoming freshman Kaylee de Soto arrived on campus in June to help the Plasma Science and Fusion Center explore explore options for the their education program’s popular, but dated, fusion video game.

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Julien Barber: Protecting magnets and the environment

Graduate student Julien Barber grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where average temperatures do not rise above freezing from November to March. It may not be surprising, then, that the he is currently keeping things cool at the PSFC, studying cryogenic methods of preventing superconducting magnets used in fusion research from overheating.

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High intensity fusion

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

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VIDEO: ARC — putting it together

Animation of the ARC fusion power plant assembly as designed by MIT graduate students and animated by MIT alumnus Ken Filar. This highlights the ARC strategy of modularizing the design to allow for easier construction, maintenance and repair of the fusion plant that produces 200 million watts of electricity.

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VIDEO: Breakthrough in Nuclear Fusion?

PSFC Director, Dennis Whyte spoke at the MIT Club of Northern California — Nuclear fusion is the holy grail of energy generation because by fusing two hydrogen atoms together into a single helium atom it releases enormous amounts of energy, yet represents a clean, safe, sustainable and secure form of power.