May 16, 2022

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

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

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

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

Blowing Dust to Cool Fusion Plasmas

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

January 11, 2022

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

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

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

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

U.S. Researchers Simulate Compact Fusion Power Plant Concept

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