Energy

  • From an acoustic levitator to a “Neutron Bloodhound” robot, hands-on research inspires summer interns

    Tuesday, Sep 10, 2019
    by Jeanne Jackson DeVoe, PPPL Office of Communications

    Promise Adebayo-Ige, a chemical engineering major at the University of Pennsylvania, has been fascinated by fusion energy since he was in high school. He came to the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory for a chance to do research in the field and spent his spare time training for his school’s soccer team and studying for graduate school entrance exams. (See story here.)

  • New national facility will explore low-temperature plasma — a dynamic source of innovation for modern technologies

    Thursday, Sep 5, 2019
    by John Greenwald, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

    Low-temperature plasma, a rapidly expanding source of innovation in fields ranging from electronics to health care to space exploration, is a highly complex state of matter. So complex that the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has teamed with Princeton University to become home to a collaborative facility open to researchers from across the country to advance the understanding and control of this dynamic physical state.

  • Princeton leads efforts to develop national data training framework for high energy physics

    Monday, Aug 19, 2019
    by Melissa Moss for the Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering

    For the third consecutive summer, high  energy physics graduate students, postdocs and instructors from across the United States, as well as from India, Italy and Switzerland, gathered at Princeton University to attend the school on Tools, Techniques and Methods for Computational and Data Science for High Energy Physics or CoDaS-HEP, held this year July 22-26.

  • Offshore oil and gas rigs leak more greenhouse gas than expected

    Thursday, Aug 15, 2019
    by John Sullivan, Office of Engineering Communications

    A survey of offshore installations extracting oil and natural gas in the North Sea revealed far more leakage of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, than currently estimated by the British government, according to a research team led by scientists from Princeton University.

  • Jeff Thompson recognized by Department of Energy with Early Career Award

    Friday, Aug 2, 2019
    by Scott Lyon, Office of Engineering Communications

    The U.S. Department of Energy has named Jeff Thompson the recipient of a 2019 Early Career Award, with five years of significant funding from the department's Office of Science.

    Thompson, an assistant professor of electrical engineering, uses optical circuits to isolate and manipulate individual atoms in crystals. He said these atoms may be used as quantum bits, the fundamental building blocks of quantum communication and computing devices.

  • A small number of leaky natural gas wells produce large emissions of greenhouse gases

    Thursday, Aug 1, 2019
    by Molly Seltzer, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

    Wells that extract natural gas from underground often leak large amounts of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, into the air. A team of Princeton University researchers has found that, in one of the biggest gas-producing regions, most of these emissions come from a tiny subset of the wells, a finding with major implications for how to control the problem. 

  • PPPL apprenticeship program offers young people the chance to earn while they learn high-tech careers

    Wednesday, Jul 31, 2019
    by Jeanne Jackson DeVoe, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

    Young people enrolled in the pre-apprenticeship program at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) are shadowing skilled technicians on tasks such as welding components for PPPL’s flagship fusion experiment or repairing the massive motor generators that power it. As they learn,  they are preparing for their own future.   

  • A shock to behold: Earthbound scientists complement space missions by reproducing the dynamics behind astronomical shocks

    Monday, Jul 29, 2019
    by John Greenwald, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

    High-energy shock waves driven by solar flares and coronal mass ejections of plasma from the sun erupt throughout the solar system, unleashing magnetic space storms that can damage satellites, disrupt cell phone service and blackout power grids on Earth. Also driving high-energy waves is the solar wind — plasma that constantly flows from the sun and buffets the Earth’s protective magnetic field.

    Now experiments led by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) in the Princeton Center for Heliophysics 

  • Small but mighty: A mini plasma-powered satellite under construction may launch a new era in space exploration

    Friday, Jul 26, 2019
    by John Greenwald, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

    A tiny satellite under construction at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) could open new horizons in space exploration. Princeton University students are building the device, a cubic satellite or "CubeSat," as a testbed for a miniaturized rocket thruster with unique capabilities being developed at PPPL.

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