Research Areas

Please use the links below to explore the Research Projects carried out by Columbia Plasma Physics Laboratory staff and students, both on-campus, nationally, and overseas.

Disruption Mitigation Research

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.

Reactor Scenario Development

Columbia scientists combine the most promising elements of tokamak research to produce stable and powerful plasmas.  

Tokamak Edge Stability

Like the surface of the sun, the edge of tokamak plasmas are susceptible to bursty instabilities that must be controlled to interface the hot plasma to a material wall.

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