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Koel’s Work with Lithium Coatings Keeps Fusion Plasma Hot

Today’s Princeton University homepage features the work of Bruce E. Koel, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Departmental Representative, in partnership with the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL).  Koel is studying the behavior of lithium-based coatings on the interior surfaces of the chambers which contain the plasma present during the fusion of hydrogen, which can reach temperatures of 11 million degrees Centigrade.  A practical fusion process requires keeping the plasma hot, and Li and its compounds have shown great promise in extending the plasma lifetime.  This research combines the unique Lithium Tokamak Experiment (LTX) at PPPL with the suite of surface analysis instrumentation which Koel has established in the Engineering Quad.  For more information, see the University homepage story.

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