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62nd Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics

November 9-13, 2020 | Fully Virtual

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The Virtual Pressroom offers news, highlighted papers, images, and videos from the American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics Meetings.

Latest Press Releases

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. READ MORE

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. READ MORE


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. READ MORE

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.

Taming Fusion Plasmas with Ice Cubes and Diamond Shells
Research at DIII-D is exploring multiple uses for injecting pellets into fusion tokamaks. READ MORE

Novel Platform Advances Understanding of How Reconnection Creates Solar Flares
The findings illuminate the source of incredibly hot particles that can impact the Earth. READ MORE

Supercomputers and Wall Coatings: The Road to Better Plasma Confinement
Reduced turbulence and instability demonstrated on the world’s most advanced stellarator. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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