Virtual Pressroom 2010

52nd Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics

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Monday - Friday
November 8 - 12, 2010
Hyatt Regency Hotel
Chicago, Illinois

2010 Plasma Physics Research

Major achievements in plasma research this year include:
  • Significant performance improvements in magnetically confined fusion experiments around the world
  • Success in understanding the formation of large plasma structures on the Sun
  • The manipulation of relativistic effects for the creation of transparent windows through plasmas
  • Full 192 beam operation of the National Ignition Facility
  • Success in understanding the physics of rapid conversion of magnetic energy into energized particles.

Highlighted Plasma Physics Papers

Over 1800 papers covering the latest advances in plasma-based research and technology were presented at the 2010 APS DPP Annual Meeting. Highlighted below are some of the particularly newsworthy presentations.

All press releases are in PDF (Format - PDF) format.
American Physical Society Invites Chicago to Discover Plasma
Free Science Events Expected to Draw Thousands
Fusion Makes Major Step Forward at MIT through Studies of the Plasma Edge
Researchers at MIT have taken steps toward practical fusion energy through better understanding of the physics that governs the interaction between plasmas and the material walls of the vessels that contain them.
Getting to Know the Sun Advances Fusion Research
A method known as Coaxial Helicity Injection (CHI) could eliminate an expensive component in tokamaks, leading to a more economical fusion reactor
Imaging of Alfvén Waves and Fast Ions in a Fusion Plasma
New techniques give scientists detailed images of processes critical for the development of fusion reactors
Landau's spark plug: Switch-like heating of compressing plasma
P. F. Schmit, I. Y. Dodin, N. J. Fisch
Lithium calms plasma
John M. Canik
Many Faces of the Shear Alfvén Wave
Scientists show that 3D movies are no longer just for Hollywood blockbusters
New Ways of Spinning the Plasma Offer Opportunities for Improved Fusion Performance
W.M. Solomon and M.R. Wade
Plasma as a Fast Optical Switch
Laser uses relativistic effects to turn otherwise opaque plasma transparent, creating an ultra-fast optical switch useful in next-generation particle accelerators
Scientists Unlock the Secrets of Exploding Plasma Clouds on the Sun
Twisted "ropes" of magnetic field lines erupt from the Sun and tangle with the Earth's magnetic field.
Small, external magnetic perturbations can break axisymmetry of exhaust pattern in fusion device
Joon-Wook Ahn, Rajesh Maingi, John Canik
Sometimes it is quiet at the edge  
S.J. Zweben and R.J. Maqueda
Taming Thermonuclear Plasma with a Snowflake
Novel heat handling method holds promise for future tokamak reactor designs
Vacuum Arcs Spark New Interest
Scientists make progress in developing a self consistent model of vacuum arcs
Wave Effect Discovery May Lead to Improved Fusion Machines 
Abraham Fetterman (Invited Speaker)