The Burning Plasma Science: Foundations subprogram advances the understanding of man-made plasmas that reach conditions near those present inside the sun and stars. Magnetic fields are used to confine these extremely hot plasmas and keep them away from all material surfaces. Among the activities supported by this subprogram are:
Research at two major experiments (DIII-D and NSTX-U) each capable of generating plasmas with temperatures in excess of 10 million degrees.
Theoretical work to explain the fundamental behavior of these exceedingly hot plasmas. Much of this work requires the use of the world’s most powerful supercomputers.