Research by Graduate Students

Ripples in the fabric of the universe may reveal the start of time




Numerical simulation of the neutron stars merging to form a black hole, with their accretion disks interacting to produce electromagnetic waves. Credit: L. Rezolla (AEI) & M. Koppitz (AEI & Zuse-Institut Berlin)

The surprising attractiveness of a hurdle to developing safe, clean and carbon-free energy

Physicist Richard Nies with huge cryostat under construction to cool ITER vacuum vessel and superconducting magnets. (Cryostat courtesy of ITER; Richard Nies courtesy of Richard Nies; Collage by Kiran Sudarsanan.)

Physicist Richard Nies with huge cryostat under construction to cool ITER vacuum vessel and superconducting magnets. (Cryostat courtesy of ITER; Richard Nies courtesy of Richard Nies; Collage by Kiran Sudarsanan.)

Fisch receives funding for ‘unlikely but fantastic’ clean energy technology

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Nat Fisch, second left, and his research team include two postdocs, Ian Ochs, right, and Elijah Kolmes, center, both 2022 Ph.D. alumni of Princeton, and graduate students, Mikhail Mlodik, second right, and Tal Rubin, left. (Photo by Denise Applewhite, Princeton Office of Communications.)

New insight into blobs improves understanding of a universal process

Hantao and Stephen
From left: Hantao Ji, professor of astrophysical science at Princeton University and distinguished research fellow at PPPL, and graduate student Stephen Majeski, in front of images of plasmoids and other phenomena (Headshots courtesy of Elle Starkman; collage courtesy of Kiran Sudarsanan)

PPPL unravels a puzzle to speed the development of fusion energy

Yichen, Xin and Qin

Yichen Fu, center, lead author of the path-setting paper with co-authors Laura Xing Zhang and Hong Qin. (Photos of Fu and Qin by Elle Starkman/Office of Communications; collage by Kiran Sudarsanan.)

Plasma physics graduate student Eduardo Rodriguez wins prestigious Fellowship


Plasma physics graduate student Eduardo Rodriguez won the Princeton University Honorific Charlotte Elizabeth Procter Fellowship, which provides winners full tuition and a stipend for the 2021-2022 academic year. (Collage by Kiran Sudarsanan)

New insights into heat pathways improve understanding of fusion plasma

Suying Jin

Physicist Suying Jin with computer-generated images showing the properties of heat pulse propagation in plasma (Headshot courtesy of Suying Jin / Collage courtesy of Kiran Sudarsanan)

Scientists demonstrate pathway to forerunner of rugged nanotubes that could lead to widespread industrial fabrication

Sierra and co-authors

Author and co-authors with figure from paper. Clockwise from top left: Lead author Yuri Barsukov with co-authors Igor Kaganovich, Alexander Khrabry, Omesh Dwivedi, Sierra Jubin, Stephane Ethier. Credits: Batalova Valentina, Elle Starkman/Office of Communications, Elle Starkman, Han Wei, Hannah Smith, Elle Starkman. Collage by Elle Starkman.

Discovery of 10 faces of plasma leads to new insights in fusion and plasma science

Hong and Yichen

Physicists Hong Qin, left, and Yichen Fu, with rendering of 10 phases of plasma from their Nature Communications paper. (Photos and collage by Elle Starkman/Office of Communications.)

New computer model helps brings the sun into the laboratory

Andrew Alt

Physicist Andrew Alt in front of an image of a coronal mass ejection (Composite image by Elle Starkman/Solar image by NASA Goddard Media Studios)

Found: A fast and accurate way to optimize fusion energy devices

Nick Lopez

Physicist Nick Lopez with wave field near caustic outlined in purple behind him. (Collage and photo of Lopez by Elle Starkman/Office of Communications. Image of wave field courtesy of Journal of Optics)

Advancing the arrival of fusion energy through improved understanding of fast plasma particles

Laura Xin Zhang

Physicist Laura Xin Zhang with figures from her paper. Collage by Elle Starkman/Office of Communications

Exploring the source of stars and planets in a laboratory

Himawan Winarto

Physicist Himawan Winarto with figures from paper behind him. (Collage by Elle Starkman/Office of Communications.)

Scientists propose a novel method for controlling fusion reactions

Suying Jin

Physicist Suying Jin. (Photo courtesy of Suying Jin.)

New findings could improve understanding of potentially damaging solar storms

Kendra Bergstedt

Physicist Kendra Bergstedt in front of an artist's conception of the Magnetiospheric Multiscale Mission and the Earth's magnetosphere

Doctoral graduate Yuan Shi wins 2020 Marshall N. Rosenbluth Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award

Yuan Shi

Physicist Yuan Shi. (Photo courtesy of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.)

New insights into the dynamic edge of fusion plasmas could help capture the power that drives the sun and stars

Noah Mandell

PPPL physicist Ammar Hakim, left, and graduate student Noah Mandell with figures from Mandell’s paper showing the first computer simulations of kinetic plasma turbulence near the edge of fusion devices that can account for fluctuations of magnetic field lines. (Photos by Elle Starkman/Office of Communications and Krell Institute; composite by Elle Starkman.)

Artificial intelligence helps prevent disruptions in fusion devices

Yichen Fu

Physicist Yichen Fu. Photo and collage by Elle Starkman/PPPL Office of Communications.

Feeding fusion: hydrogen ice pellets prove effective for fueling fusion plasmas

Oak Nelson

Physicist Oak Nelson. Photo and composite by Elle Starkman.