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Intro to fusion, MIT

VIDEO: Introduction to Fusion

Could fusion, the process that fuels the sun and stars, be a source of plentiful, clean, carbon-free energy on earth? Learn how fusion occurs, and what researchers around the world are doing to understand the process, and to harness its potential. Narrated by Plasma Science and Fusion Center research scientist Pablo Rodriguez-Fernandez.

bow shock in the Orion Nebula

Astrophysical shock phenomena reproduced in laboratory

PSFC's Chikang Li and an international team of researachers have reproduced critical conditions of collisionless shocks in the laboratory, allowing for detailed study of the processes taking place within giant cosmic smashups.

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From summer research program to PhD dissertation

One of the most important aspects of MIT’s educational mission is preparing students to be effective members of their scientific and technological communities. For Raspberry Simpson, that process began when she was a 17-year-old participant in the MIT Summer Research Program.

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Members of the HEDP division, MIT

Stronger together

Officially entitled the Center for Advanced Nuclear Diagnostics and Platforms for Inertial ICF and HEDP at Omega, NIF and Z, the new Center will focus on the properties of plasma under extreme conditions of temperature, density and pressure.


Chikang Li, Richard Petrasso, Fredrick Seguin

Twelve from MIT honored by American Physical Society

Three members of MIT's PSFC High-Energy-Density Physics Division Richard Petrasso, Chikang Li, and Fredrick Seguin — were honored with the APS John Dawson Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research.

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PSFC researchers honored with John Dawson Award

PSFC's Richard Petrasso, Chikang Li, and Fredrick Seguin were selected to share the award for “the pioneering use of proton radiography to reveal new aspects of flows, instabilities, and fields in high-energy-density (HED) plasmas.”


Hong Sio: On the road for fusion

Graduate student Hong Sio spent 120 days on the road in 2016, visiting the OMEGA laser at the University of Rochester and the National Ignition Facility at Laweremce Livermore National Laboratory, in search of answers about inertial confinement fusion (ICF).


NNSA visits HEDP Lab

NNSA’s Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Military Application Brig. Gen. Michael Lutton and Dr. Njema Frazier, physicist in the NNSA’s Office of Defense Programs, visited the MIT to meet with the High Energy Density and Inertial Confinement Fusion Physics Division of the PSFC. 


Mike Rosenberg, MIT

Mike Rosenberg wins Rosenbluth Award

Although Mike Rosenberg received his PhD from MIT in September 2014, his work at the PSFC is still getting attention. Rosenberg has been selected by the American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics (APS-DPP) to receive their Marshall N. Rosenbluth Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award.


MIT PhD research advances at the National Ignition Facility

MIT’s IAP brought National Ignition Facility Director Mark Hermann to the PSFC in January to talk about the science behind the inertial confinement fusion experiments at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.


Hans Rinderknecht, Dan Casey, Alex Zylstra, and Mike Rosenberg

MIT graduate students receive prestigious Lawrence award

Graduate students Hans Rinderknecht and Alex Zylstra, members of the MIT Physics Department who both work in the PSFC’s High-Energy-Density (HEDP) division, have each received the Lawrence fellowship.

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NIF-MIT PhD Thesis Program participants

NIF-MIT Partnership Mints New PhDs

Working hand-in-hand with LLNL researchers on NIF experiments and diagnostics is proving to be a highly successful academic strategy for recent and current physics PhD students at MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center.

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Richard Petrasso

Petrasso receives Edward Teller Medal

Richard D. Petrasso, head of the High-Energy-Density Physics (HEDP) Division, received the 2013 Edward Teller Medal for his division’s work in inertial confinement fusion and high-energy-density physics.

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