From Princeton Plasma Physics Lab: “PPPL delivers a plasma source that will enable high-power beam pulses in a new Berkeley Lab accelerator”


Princeton Plasma Physics Lab

March 19, 2012
John Greenwald

“Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have designed and delivered a crucial component for a device that can heat a spot of foil to 30,000 degrees Centigrade in less than a billionth of a second. The part will complete a linear accelerator that researchers at the E.O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are using to create a superheated state called “warm dense matter.

For PPPL physicist Erik Gilson, the plasma source he designed for the accelerator marks the third generation of components that he has created for Berkeley Lab projects that are part of the Heavy Ion Fusion Science Virtual National Laboratory, a joint venture of PPPL, Berkeley Lab, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Erik Gilson with a copper-clad module and chamber for testing the units.
(Photo credit: Elle Starkman, PPPL Office of Communications)

See the full very interesting article here.