Plasma Physics Meeting highlights

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Researchers presented latest research in plasma physics at virtual APS meeting

Parker Solar Probe: A Window Into Our Sun

Early results reveal how large-scale magnetic structures govern the young solar wind and why plasma instabilities affect heat transfer around the sun.

Turbulent Relationship: Understanding the Mysterious Hydrogen “Isotope Effect” in Fusion Experiments

New theoretical model accounts for the subtle, important role of tiny electrons in plasma turbulence.

Plasma Science Joins the Fight Against Germs

Advances in room temperature plasmas provide a pathway for alternative approaches to killing or inactivating bacteria and viruses.

Novel Platform Advances Understanding of How Reconnection Creates Solar Flares

The findings illuminate the source of incredibly hot particles that can impact the Earth.

Scientists on Track to Build First Experiment to Create and Confine a Plasma That Produces Net Fusion Power

Physics basis for the SPARC high-field tokamak is firmly established.

Taming Fusion Plasmas with Ice Cubes and Diamond Shell

Research at DIII-D is exploring multiple uses for injecting pellets into fusion tokamaks.

Plasma-Based Technology to Fight COVID-19

From plasma-created nanoparticles to plasma-driven ultraviolet lights, plasma-based technology is on its way to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Supercomputers and Wall Coatings: The Road to Better Plasma Confinement

Reduced turbulence and instability demonstrated on the world’s most advanced stellarator.

Under Pressure: The Astonishing Behavior of Materials in Extreme Conditions

Experiments with plasma under ultrahigh pressures discover unexpected silicon phases, metallic deuterium, and 400-times-stronger lead.

Radiation Therapy for Fusion Plasmas and a Major Puzzle Solved

New findings advance the use of radio waves to stabilize plasmas and track RF trajectories.

Fire and Ice: How to Keep Fusion from Melting Metal Devices

Disruption mitigation had a grim outlook for preventing surface melting in future fusion devices, but scientists are giving it a second look due to new and improved methods and analysis.

Keeping it Cool in all the Right Places is Key for Fusion Energy

New DIII-D research shows how to maintain a hot plasma core with a cool exterior.

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Please note the time zone for the meeting is Central Standard Time.

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About DPP

Established in 1959, the objective of DPP is the advancement and dissemination of the knowledge, understanding, and applications of plasmas–assemblages of charged particles of natural and laboratory origin. Plasma research encompasses the study of the fundamental interactions of particles and light in plasmas, the study of astrophysical plasmas from planetary cores to stars, new theoretical and computational techniques to describe plasmas, and the practical application of plasmas for energy, manufacturing, medicine, agriculture, and national security. Research in pursuit of controlled nuclear fusion holds the promise of providing limitless, clean, sustainable energy to the world.

About APS

The American Physical Society is a nonprofit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy, and international activities. APS represents over 55,000 members, including physicists in academia, national laboratories, and industry in the United States and throughout the world. Society offices are located in College Park, Maryland (Headquarters), Ridge, New York, and Washington, DC

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