May 16, 2022

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For Plasma with a Hot Core and Cool Edges, Super-H Mode Shows Promise

Leveraging peeling physics in current tokamaks improves fusion performance and integrates with exhaust solutions for future fusion reactors.

May 13, 2022

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Researchers Stick Out Their Necks to Understand How Fusion Plasmas Fuel Up

The novel Lyman-alpha Measurement Apparatus (LLAMA) measures neutral particles in a fusion device and the fueling they provide.

April 29, 2022

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The Source of the Aurora Borealis: Electrons Surfing on Alfvén Waves

Laboratory measurements give new insights into the physics of auroral electron acceleration by Alfvén waves.

March 30, 2022

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Taming the Plasma Edge: Reducing Instabilities in Tokamaks

An operating mode called wide pedestal quiescent H-mode allows tokamak operation without detrimental edge instabilities.

March 7, 2022

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Blowing Dust to Cool Fusion Plasmas

New approach helps protect tokamak walls while maintaining fusion conditions in the core.

January 11, 2022

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Avoiding Chains of Magnetic Islands May Lead to Fusion Paradise

First observation of embedded magnetic islands paves way for improved fusion reactor designs.

December 20, 2021

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Illuminating Magnetic Turbulence in Fusion Plasmas

Electromagnetic waves are used to internally identify turbulent magnetic fluctuations in 100-million-degree fusion plasmas.

November 17, 2021

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High-Energy X-Rays Open a New View of Degradation in Potential Fusion Reactor Material

State-of-the-art X-ray techniques found hidden damage in neutron irradiated silicon carbide, a possible structural material for future fusion reactors.

October 13, 2021

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Fast Flows Prevent Buildup of Impurities on the Edge of Tokamak Plasmas

New measurements show that fast flows in a tokamak plasma help remove and prevent impurities.

September 21, 2021

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U.S. Researchers Simulate Compact Fusion Power Plant Concept

New concept would deliver continuous electricity while reducing cost and risk.