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Members of the Columbia Plasma Lab
The High-Beta Tokamak Experiment On-Campus at the Columbia Plasma Physics Laboratory
Students and Staff Present their Research at National Conferences
Columbia Researchers at the National Spherical Torus Experiment
Doctoral Students Fabricating Equipment for HBT-EP Research
Fusion Technology research at Columbia
Stellarator Fusion Device Built in Germany
Instability at the Plasma Edge Inside a Tokamak Plasma.
Lab Members on Columbia's Campus (2022)
Columbia Plasma Lab researchers have long pioneered the study of active control of tokamak instabilities.
Design against off-normal events is an essential part of fusion energy research. The rapid quench of the tokamak plasma (called a 'disruption') releases a burst of energy into the reactor vessel that must be controlled. Research involves designing systems and techniques to manage this energy release in a benign manner.
Columbia Engineering undergraduates lead a team to quantify the interaction of cryogenic ice pellets with energetic particle beams to better understand their behavior in fusion plasmas.