Kat Royston: Finding excitement in nuclear physics

As a teenager, Kat Royston discovered that physics could give her answers to her questions about the ways the world works. Now, as a researcher in ORNL’s Reactor and Nuclear Systems Division, she works on unraveling the mysteries of fission and fusion around the world – including research for the ITER and JET fusion experiments.

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Magnetic Ripples Calm the Surface of Fusion Plasmas

The ITER fusion reactor being built in the south of France will use rippled magnetic fields to prevent bursts of heat and particles that can damage the walls of the reactor. Now, physicists at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and the DIII-D national fusion facility have compared computer simulations of the DIII-D plasma with experimental measurements to better understand how controlled magnetic ripples outside the plasma can suppress these bursts.

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