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Fisch wins Department of Energy award

Princeton physicist Nathaniel Fisch has been named one of seven winners of the U.S. Department of Energy's 2004 E.O. Lawrence Award, which honors outstanding contributions in the field of atomic energy.

Fisch is a professor of astrophysical sciences and director of the Program in Plasma Physics. He also serves as associate director for academic affairs at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory .

Fisch was honored in the nuclear technology category for his discovery of ways to use plasma waves to produce electric current. Plasma is a hot, ionized gas that serves as the fuel for nuclear fusion.

Winners of the Lawrence award receive a $50,000 prize and will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 8. The award was established in 1959 to honor Ernest Orlando Lawrence, who invented the cyclotron particle accelerator. Major energy department laboratories in Berkeley and Livermore, Calif., are named after Lawrence.

For more information, read the news release on the PPPL Web site.

Contact: Eric Quinones(609) 258-3601

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