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Nuno Loureiro named new director of MIT's Plasma Science and Fusion Center

PSFC deputy director Nuno Loureiro has been selected to lead the PSFC, succeeding Dennis Whyte. A professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering, and Physics, Loureiro has won numerous awards for his teaching and his work as a theoretical physicist. Loureiro's research focuses on plasma physics, astrophysics, and fusion science, and implications for fusion science. 

MIT News

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Exploring the bow shock and beyond

Rishabh Datta’s main focus is, “Can we create this high energy plasma that is moving supersonically in a laboratory, and can we study it? And can we learn things that are hard to diagnose in an astrophysical plasma?”


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How the Universe got its magnetic field

By studying the dynamics of plasma turbulence, MIT researchers are solving one of the mysteries of the origins of cosmological magnetic fields.


Lucio Milanese, MIT

Turbulence yields to topology

NSE PhD candidate Lucio Milanese expands a theory of turbulence to include both ionized and non-ionized fluids.


How to grow a cosmic magnetic field

“Tiny magnetic fields, through interaction with plasmas, can potentially increase their coherence length by many orders of magnitude to become the enormous astronomical-scale magnetic fields observed in the universe,” says graduate student Muni Zhou.


Nuno Loureiro, MIT

Nuno Loureiro: Probing the world of plasmas

As a boy in Portugal, Nuno Loureiro wanted to be a scientist, even when “everyone else wanted to be a policeman or a fireman.” He’s now focused on the physics of plasma, with applications in both astrophysics and clean energy.

MIT News

Spinning data into sound

Prof. Joe Paradiso is using a modular synthesizer to translate data into artful sound – specifically data from one of the final fusion experiments on the Plasma Science and Fusion Center’s (PSFC) Alcator C-Mod tokamak.