NEWS: Magnetic fusion energy

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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Leigh Ann Kesler, MIT

VIDEO: Leigh Ann Kesler: Tracking erosion happening inside fusion devices

NSE PhD student, Leigh Ann Kesler who studies at MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center, dates her interest in fusion from an 11th-grade persuasive writing assignment. Inspired in part by her father’s interest in the potential of nuclear energy, she decided to investigate fusion.

Bridging the gap between simulation and reality

Creely is using data from the Alcator C-Mod tokamak to validate simulations of fusion plasmas that could provide researchers with confidence that their simulations will accurately predict what will happen in a working fusion deviceand influence the design of future machines.

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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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Leigh Ann Kesler: Scaling heights and measuring depths

PSFC graduate student Leigh Ann Kesler's main focus is erosion of materials inside fusion devices, in which strong magnetic fields keep the hot plasma fuel confined and away from the walls of the vacuum chamber where fusion reactions occur. 

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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.

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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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Monica Pham: Advancing nuclear power, empowering girls

When she was 16, Monica Pham mapped out her future. “My chemistry teacher was talking about how atoms could generate unlimited power,” recalls Pham. “I asked her what kind of person worked in this field, and when she said a nuclear engineer, I decided that’s what I wanted to be.”

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Nathan Howard receives INCITE leadership computing award

A multi-institutional team consisting of Plasma Science and Fusion Center research scientist Nathan Howard, Chris Holland (University of California, San Diego) and Jeff Candy (General Atomics), has received a prestigious INCITE leadership computing award.

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Alcator C-Mod interior, MIT

New record for fusion

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

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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.

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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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ARC, MIT PSFC

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.

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. 

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Five from PSFC receive Infinite Mile Awards

On May 16, five members of the Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC) community, selected by the Office of the Provost along with the Office of the Vice President for Research, received 2016 MIT Infinite Mile Awards.

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