NEWS: Alcator C-Mod tokamak

Fusion heating gets a boost

Fusion researchers at MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC), along with colleagues in Belgium and the UK, have created a new method of heating fusion plasmas in tokamaks. The new method has resulted in raising trace amounts of ions to megaelectronvolt (MeV) energies — an order of magnitude greater than previously achieved.


Funding fusion could be the key to clean energy

Andrew Lo, Director of the MIT Laboratory for Financial Engineering, proposed a fusion fund in the form of a private-public partnership guided by a board of advisers. “We’re only asking for $10 billion for fusion to fuel the rest of the human race," Lo said. "I would argue we can’t afford not to try.”

Sloan School of Management Online Newsletter

Alcator C-Mod interior, MIT

New record for fusion

Alcator C-Mod tokamak nuclear fusion reactor sets world record on final day of operation.


Alcator C-mod interior

Alcator C-Mod pressure record: FAQ

On September 30th 2016 the Alcator C-Mod team set the plasma pressure record for a magnetically confined fusion device. For the first time anywhere the team obtained plasma pressures higher than 2 atmospheres.


High intensity fusion

MIT’s Alcator C-Mod nuclear reactor winds down — and defines its legacy on its final run.

School of Engineering

Silvia Espinosa: On the edge of discovery

Silvia Espinosa is seeking to understand phenomena observed in plasmas that fuel magnetic fusion devices like the Center’s Alcator C-Mod tokamak. 


Paul Ennever

PSFC Monthly Student Vignette — PAUL ENNEVER

Paul Ennever is a 6th year graduate student in the Physics department who works on Alcator C-Mod.  His main research interest has been plasma turbulence, which he measures using the phase contrast imaging diagnostic.