Launch of National Spherical Torus Experiment Upgrade at Princeton

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Last Friday, 20 May 2016, was a historic day at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL).  It was a day that the $94-million upgrade to National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX-U), which took almost four years to build, was officially launched by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Ernest Moniz.

Funded by the DOE Office of Science, NSTX-U addresses how to create fusion, the process that powers the Sun, on Earth, in a device based on the spherical tokamak concept.

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BSC at Expert Meeting on ITER Neutronics

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The XI ITER Neutronics Meeting takes place this week (the 23rd to the 27th May 2016) in Karlsruhe, Germany. Approximately 110 experts from around the world, including Carles Riera from the BSC Fusion group, attend the meeting to present and discuss:

  1. Recent results of ITER neutronics analyses,
  2. Nuclear integration issues for ITER,
  3. Developments in radiation transport simulation and modelling relevant to ITER,
  4. Neutronic experiments, measurements, and related issues relevant to ITER.

The meeting is organised by the Fusion Neutronics Group of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

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Source: KIT.

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The Symposium of Multidisciplinarity

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On May 4th – 6th, the Barcelona Supercomputing Center held the 3rd BSC International Doctoral SymposiumThe opening was done by Mateo Valero,  founder and director of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center.

The Symposium, aimed mostly to PhD and Postdoc students, gave them an opportunity to show their work and understand more about the research done in different fields interrelated with High Performance Computing.

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Did you know this about plasma?

Ten things you may not know about the plasma:

  1. It’s the fourth state of matter: Solid, liquid, gas, and plasma. Plasma is a super-heated gas, so hot that its electrons get out of the atom’s orbit and roam free. A gas thus becomes a plasma when extreme heat causes its atoms to shed their electrons.
  2. It’s everywhere. Plasma is the most abundant form of visible matter in the universe – it is thought to make up 99 percent of what we see in the night sky. Plasma populates and dominates the vast regions of interstellar and interplanetary space.
  3. Stars, like the sun, are gigantic balls of plasma. And there are billions of them, so studying plasma can help us understand the cosmos.

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