NEWS: Nuno Loureiro

Nuno Loureiro, MIT

Nuno Loureiro: Probing the world of plasmas

As a boy in Portugal, Nuno Loureiro(opens in new window)wanted to be a scientist, even when “everyone else wanted to be a policeman or a fireman.” He’s now focused on the physics of plasma(opens in new window), with applications in both astrophysics and clean energy.

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Spinning data into sound

Prof. Joe Paradiso is using a modular synthesizer to translate data into artful sound – specifically data from one of the final fusion experiments on the Plasma Science and Fusion Center’s (PSFC) Alcator C-Mod tokamak. 

PSFC

plasma reconnection

Study sheds light on turbulence in astrophysical plasmas

Most of these plasmas, including the solar wind that constantly flows out from the sun and sweeps through the solar system, exist in a turbulent state. MIT's Loureiro and Boldyrev have proposed a new model to explain these dynamic turbulent processes.

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Probing the magnetic universe

Loureiro marvels at how pervasive magnetic fields are, evident not only in planets and the interplanetary medium, but beyond the heliosphere to the interstellar, galactic, intergalactic and intercluster media. But how were these fields generated, and how did they come to have the structure and magnitude they have today?

PSFC

Nuno Loureiro: In search of a more perfect fusion reactor

What drew Loureiro to plasma physics, he says, was energy. “If one is not naïve about today’s world and today’s society, one has to understand that there is an energy problem. And if you’re a physicist, you have the tools to try and do something about it.”

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