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PPPL’s “Star Maker”

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Stars and planets form when the cosmic plasma that accretes around celestial bodies falls into those bodies. One of the mysteries of the cosmos is what causes the plasma to swirl into the core, eventually forming a planet or star. At the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), the Magnetorotational Instability (MRI) experiment investigates the processes that allow this to happen and the universe as we know it to exist.     

PPPL advances the coupled fields of fusion energy and plasma physics research and, with collaborators, is developing the scientific understanding and key innovations needed to realize fusion as a safe, clean and virtually unlimited source of energy for the world.

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