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  • Men of measure

    'Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.' [From the Greek historian Herodotu [...]

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  • The end of a nine-year journey

    In December, as toroidal field conductor unit length #133 came off the production line, the ITER community celebrated a major milestone—the end of a nine-year p [...]

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  • The little coupler that could

    Concrete and steel met at the end of the 19th century, never to part again. From their encounter a new material was born that revolutionized construction techni [...]

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  • The radio power house

    The steel structurethat's being erected against the northeast side of the Assembly Hall is for a large building that will be densely packed with power supplies [...]

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  • Spaceport ITER

    At nightfall, when buildings, work areas, roads and parking lots light up, the ITER site looks like an alien spaceport. Drenched in the yellow glow of sodium l [...]

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Leading-edge ideas and design from Princeton

-John Greenwald, PPPL

PPPL scientists, engineers, technicians and other specialists contribute to the international project. © Elle Starkman/ PPPL Office of Communications (Click to view larger version...)
PPPL scientists, engineers, technicians and other specialists contribute to the international project. © Elle Starkman/ PPPL Office of Communications
The US Department of Energy's (DOE's) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) is a key contributor to ITER. PPPL provides hardware, fabrication and R&D for ITER under contract to the US Domestic Agency US ITER, a DOE Office of Science project managed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory. "It is very exciting to work on such a challenging global science project with the potential for so great a global payoff," said PPPL physicist Dave Johnson, who heads the development of diagnostic tools for US ITER.

The PPPL tools will provide essential data during experiments on the donut-shaped, 10-story tall ITER Tokamak. PPPL also is procuring the bulk of the electrical network that will deliver steady-state, or constant, power across the sprawling 445-acre ITER site. PPPL contracts for these and other hardware components of the USD 17 billion-plus machine could total about USD180 million, some USD 90 million of which will flow to subcontractors.

PPPL is conducting experimental and theoretical research relevant to ITER as well. For example, experiments planned for the National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX), PPPL's major fusion facility, could contribute to understanding how plasma will behave and perform in ITER. The NSTX is currently undergoing an upgrade that is doubling the strength of both its electric current and magnetic fields.

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