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Fusion – Squeezing the code

February 7, 2020

The prospect of simulating a fusion plasma is a step closer to reality thanks to a new computational…
Fusion – Argon calling

December 3, 2019

As scientists study approaches to best sustain a fusion reactor, a team led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory…
When laser beams meet plasma: New data addresses gap in fusion research

December 3, 2019

New research from the University of Rochester will enhance the accuracy of computer models used in simulations of laser-driven implosions.…
Sunspots can be seen on this image of solar radiation. Each sunspot typically lasts a few days to a few months, and the total number peaks every 11 years. The darker spots accompany bright white blotches, called faculae, which increase overall solar radiation. Image credit: NASA/Goddard/SORCE
Plasma flow near sun’s surface explains sunspots, other solar phenomena

September 23, 2019

For 400 years people have tracked sunspots, the dark patches that appear for weeks at a time on…
New Concept for High Quality Plasma Accelerators

August 9, 2019

Two-stage acceleration could dramatically enhance beam quality. DESY scientists have proposed a new concept for so-called plasma accelerators…
Fusion—Tungsten rising

August 2, 2019

Using additive manufacturing, scientists experimenting with tungsten at Oak Ridge National Laboratory hope to unlock new potential of…
Scientists uncover exotic matter in the Sun’s atmosphere

May 29, 2019

Scientists from Ireland and France today announced a major new finding about how matter behaves in the extreme…
Scientists reveal how an ultrashort-pulse laser heats metal to one million degrees in one trillionth of a second

May 29, 2019

Physicists at the University of Nevada, Reno are settling the debate about heating mechanisms with ultrashort-pulse lasers for…
Artificial intelligence accelerates efforts to develop clean, virtually limitless fusion energy

April 19, 2019

Artificial intelligence (AI), a branch of computer science that is transforming scientific inquiry and industry, could now speed…
Cutting-edge device gives the University of Oregon a leg up in technology race

April 12, 2019

A new multi-million-dollar research tool that will let UO scientists and students jump ahead of the technology curve…
LLNL, universities form HED science alliance

February 5, 2019

High-energy density (HED) science is foundational to the nationally important research conducted by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)…
How hot are atoms in the shock wave of an exploding star?

January 22, 2019

A new method to measure the temperature of atoms during the explosive death of a star will help…
Making ammonia ‘greener’

January 15, 2019

Ammonia, a compound first synthesized about a century ago, has dozens of modern uses and has become essential…
Next up: Ultracold simulators of super-dense stars

January 4, 2019

Rice University physicists have created the world’s first laser-cooled neutral plasma, completing a 20-year quest that sets the…
Compelling Evidence for Small Drops of Perfect Fluid

December 12, 2018

PHENIX publishes new particle-flow measurements to support their case that tiny projectiles create specks of quark-gluon plasma. Nuclear…
Strong focus on plasma lenses

November 21, 2018

New findings give hope for use in many fields of application. An international team of researchers from Oslo,…
Rice U. lab probes molecular limit of plasmonics

September 6, 2018

Rice University researchers are probing the physical limits of excited electronic states called plasmons by studying them in…
World record – Low-draft electron bunches drive high plasma wakes

August 13, 2018

Scientists achieve highest ratio of acceleration to deceleration in plasma wakes yet. Scientists at DESY have achieved a…
Princeton astrophysicist leads team to create framework for an optimal fusion energy device

June 22, 2018

The grant, a Simons Foundation Mathematical and Physical Sciences Award valued at $2 million a year for four years, marks…
Hirosi Ooguri awarded the Hamburg Prize for Theoretical Physics

May 25, 2018

This year’s Hamburg Prize for Theoretical Physics, endowed with 100 000 euros, is awarded to the Japanese scientist Hirosi…
World's fastest water heater – 100,000 degrees in 0.000 000 000 000 075 seconds

May 14, 2018

Scientists explore exotic state of liquid with X-ray laser Scientists have used a powerful X-ray laser to heat…
First plasma for new machine to study process that occurs throughout the universe

March 19, 2018

The first plasma, a milestone event signaling the beginning of research capabilities, was captured on camera on Sunday,…
Study sheds light on turbulence in astrophysical plasmas

December 1, 2017

Plasmas, gas-like collections of ions and electrons, make up an estimated 99 percent of the visible matter in…
Plasma optic combines lasers into superbeam

October 17, 2017

Since its introduction in the 1977 film “Star Wars,” the Death Star has remained one of science fiction’s…
Black hole models contradicted by hands-on tests at Sandia’s Z machine

August 30, 2017

A long-standing but unproven assumption about the X-ray spectra of black holes in space has been contradicted by hands-on experiments performed at…
NIF’s night Owls: Where the wild things are

August 22, 2017

From sunset to sunrise, while others slumber, the “Owls” of the National Ignition Facility nurture the world’s most…
‘Perfect Liquid’ Quark-Gluon Plasma is the Most Vortical Fluid

August 6, 2017

Swirling soup of matter’s fundamental building blocks spins ten billion trillion times faster than the most powerful tornado,…
Fusion – Blocking the heat

August 3, 2017

Fusion scientists from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, as part of the DIII-D National Fusion Facility team at General…
Scientists create first laboratory generation of high-energy shock waves that accelerate astrophysical particles

July 25, 2017

Throughout the universe, supersonic shock waves propel cosmic rays and supernova particles to velocities near the speed of…
sPHENIX Gets CD0 for Upgrade to Experiment Tracking the Building Blocks of Matter

January 16, 2017

First step on a path toward a detector with unprecedented capabilities for deciphering how the properties of the…
“Lab in a bubble”

June 23, 2016

Mathematical Physicists at Lancaster are involved in a £4.5m project to investigate extreme physical phenomena in laboratories so…
Coupling 2 ‘Tabletop’ Laser-Plasma Accelerators, a Decisive First Step Toward Tomorrow’s Ultrapowerful Compact Machines

February 3, 2016

Laser-plasma accelerators (LPAs) got the nickname “tabletop” because, as shown by the unique BELLA accelerator at the U.S.…
First plasma generated in the Wendelstein 7-X

December 13, 2015

The plasma researchers’ efforts and patience have paid off. On December 10th, 2015 a good ten years after…
Mechanism of explosions and plasma jets associated with sunspot formation revealed

October 3, 2015

Sunspots are planet-sized conglomerates of bundles of intense magnetic field lines on the surface of the Sun. They…
Hot, dense material surrounds O-type star with largest magnetic field known

September 23, 2015

Observations using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory revealed that the unusually large magnetosphere around an O-type star called NGC…
Controlling ITER with fuelers, ticklers, and terminators

September 9, 2015

When it’s up and running, the ITER fusion reactor will be very big and very hot, with more…
Tiny Drops of Early Universe ‘Perfect’ Fluid

September 2, 2015

The Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), a particle collider for nuclear physics research at the U.S. Department of…
Antimatter catches a wave: Accelerating positrons with plasma is a step toward smaller particle colliders

August 27, 2015

A study led by researchers from UCLA and the U.S. Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has…
Plasma Research Could Make Flight Safer

August 25, 2015

Plasma has generated excitement among aerodynamics researchers for its effects on air flow and its potential for building…
Advancing Ceramic Coatings for Engine Life and Efficiency

June 17, 2015

Advancing the efficiency of aircraft engines can be improved significantly by increasing the temperature at which they operate. …
Scientists See Ripples of a Particle-Separating Wave In Primordial Plasma

June 11, 2015

Scientists in the STAR collaboration at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), a particle accelerator exploring nuclear physics and…
Three candidates for ESA’s next medium-class science mission

June 5, 2015

Exoplanets, plasma physics and the X-ray Universe are the topics chosen by ESA to be considered for the…
Fusion could be ‘ZaPped’ into reality

June 4, 2015

With funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and the University of Washington…
UW researchers scaling up fusion hopes with DOE grant

June 3, 2015

Producing reliable fusion energy — the same process that powers the sun — has long been a holy…
Cosmic cinema: Astronomers make 3-D movies of plasma tubes

June 2, 2015

By creatively using a radio telescope to see in 3D, astronomers have detected the existence of tubular plasma…
Monitoring magnetospheres

May 28, 2015

Queen’s University PhD student Matt Shultz is researching magnetic, massive stars, and his research has uncovered questions concerning…
Scientists Create Exotic Plasma Made up of Equal Parts Matter and Antimatter

May 13, 2015

Joining the efforts of scientists around the world trying to understand the age-old mystery of why is there…
Researchers toss around rugby-shaped hohlraums for ignition experiments

May 6, 2015

For several years, the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has pursued an indirect…
Generating broadband terahertz radiation from a microplasma in air

April 28, 2015

Researchers at the University of Rochester’s Institute of Optics have shown that a laser-generated microplasma in air can…
Smaller and cheaper particle accelerators?

April 22, 2015

Traditionally, particle accelerators have relied on electric fields generated by radio waves to drive electrons and other particles…
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