Plasmas & Nuclear Fusion

Post-implosion images of the plasma cylinders. On the left, plasma tentacles stretch out from the sides of the conventional, straight-column design. With the 14-tesla and 20-tesla twisted structures in the middle and right, respectively, the plasma tentacles are much shorter. This reflects more uniform compression by the magnetic field. Credit: Paul Campbell; Plasma, Pulsed Power and Microwave Lab; University of Michigan.

Twisting magnetic fields for extreme plasma compression

When magnetic walls are closing in, wily plasma slips out between magnetic field lines. A Michigan-led team pioneered a way to keep more plasma contained.|Medium Read
Nuclear Engineering & Radiological Sciences

Professor Mehlhorn named Fellow of the American Nuclear Society

Professor Mehlhorn was recognized for his research in plasma physics.|Short Read
nonthermal plasma

Plasma jet wands could rapidly decontaminate hospital rooms

Room-temperature plasma beams could essentially dissolve away bacteria and viruses.|Medium Read
Headshots for Huxford, Giha, and Pinsky

Three NERS students awarded prestigious Graduate Research Fellowships

Huxford, Giha, and Pinsky receive fellowships from the National Science Foundation|Short Read
photo of Professor John Foster

John Foster named Associate Fellow of the AIAA

Professor Foster is recognized for his work on ion thruster life extension.|Short Read
student explains poster

Best Presentation Award given to NERS Ph.D. Candidate Jinpu Lin

Jinpu won with his poster “Scaling Relativistic Laser‐solid Interaction Using Ultrashort Laser Pulses.”|Short Read
Student and professor

NERS Ph.D. Student Yao Kovach given Best Presentation Award

Yao won with her poster “Particle Emission from an Anode Liquid Surface of Electrolyte in Atmospheric Pressure DC Glow.”|Short Read
Nuclear Engineering & Radiological Sciences

Professor Jovanovic named Fellow of the Optical Society

Professor Jovanovic directs the Neutron Science Laboratory, contributes to the Consortium for Verification Technology, and works with the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science.|Short Read
The experimental chamber in which the uranium samples were struck with laser light

Using lasers to measure uranium enrichment

Nuclear energy and nuclear nonproliferation would both benefit from a faster, easier way to measure what proportion of uranium atoms can split.|Medium Read
An aerosol can sprays into the air against a black background

How a spray from the hardware store could improve nuclear fusion

A coating of polyurethane keeps plasma problems in check during magnetic compression. |Medium Read
Digital illustration of an exploding star

Recreating supernova reaction yields new insights for fusion energy

Our pursuit of fusion needs a heat-check|Short Read

2017 Glenn F. Knoll Lecture

“High-Speed Imaging and Spectroscopy of X-Rays and Particles with Silicon Detectors”|Short Read