Virtual Pressroom 2016

58th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics

October 31 - November 4, 2016
San Jose, CA

The 58th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics (DPP) technical sessions will take place at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in downtown San Jose, CA.

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APS Press Releases

A Disappearing Feast: Mean Flows Remain Slim After Eating Eddies
Research at PPPL shows that the popular predator-prey model doesn’t work.
A Turbulent Solution to a Growing Problem
Plasma turbulence can help prevent small magnetic islands from growing and becoming harmful.
Alcator C-Mod Bows Out With A New World Record
Since it began operation in 1993, experiments on the C-Mod tokamak produced many new and important results.
American Physical Society Invites San Jose to Discover Plasma
Free science event expected to draw thousands.
Breakthrough in Z-pinch Implosion Stability Opens New Path to Fusion
High-convergence implosions produce thermonuclear fusion from high-temperature plasma.
Extinguishing a Fusion Fire in a Flash of Light
Detailed experiments in conjunction with computer modeling yields insights on the interaction of plasma, magnetic fields, and neon plumes used to protect fusion energy experiments.
Fixing Deficits in Boundary Plasma Models
New experiments bring out the “missing links” in plasma transport.
From Germany Comes a New Twist for Fusion Research
A unique new plasma confinement experiment in Germany achieves impressive first results and generates excitement among fusion enthusiasts.
Fusion Reactor Designs with “Long Legs” Show Promise
Long-leg exhaust channels shaped by magnetic field topology can provide enhanced fusion power exhaust handling and control.
Gamma Ray Camera Offers New View on Ultra-High Energy Electrons in Plasma
A new lead-lens camera helps fusion scientists "see" energetic electrons.
General Atomics Breakthrough Enables Greater Control of Fusion Energy
Precise control of massive particle-beam systems avoids troublesome electromagnetic wave in fusion plasma.
Launching Fusion Reactions Without a Central Magnet, or Solenoid
Creating ring-like objects called “plasmoids” can do the trick.
Scientists Measure How Ions Bombard Fusion Device Walls
Ions accelerate parallel to device walls before impact, increasing surface erosion.
Steering a Fusion Plasma toward Stability
Researchers show how to avoid instabilities, and potential damage to a fusion device, using an easily understood stability map.

Affiliated Organization Press Releases

NRL’s Plasma Physics Division Celebrates Golden Anniversary at APS format_pdf
The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s Plasma Physics Division will celebrate its 50th year of groundbreaking work for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.