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Yamada and Ji honored by American Physical Society

Masaaki Yamada and Hantao Ji, scientists at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory , have received the American Physical Society's 2002 Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research.

Yamada and Ji were honored along with Troy Carter and Scott Hsu, who earned Ph.D degrees at Princeton in 2001 and 2000, respectively, and also worked at the laboratory.

The society cited their research conducted on the Magnetic Reconnection Experiment at the plasma physics laboratory, citing "the experimental investigation of driven magnetic reconnection in a laboratory plasma." Magnetic reconnection is the breaking and topological rearrangement of magnetic field lines in a plasma -- a hot, ionized gas. It is one of the most fundamental processes of plasma physics and has important relevance to fusion research, as well as to the physics of the earth's magnetosphere and solar flares.

Yamada is a distinguished research fellow at the laboratory and head of the Magnetic Reconnection Experiment. Ji is a research physicist at the laboratory.

Carter is now an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at the University of California-Los Angeles. Hsu is a fellow at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.

The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, funded by the Department of Energy and managed by the University, is a collaborative national center for science and innovation leading to an attractive fusion energy source.

Contact: Eric Quinones (609) 258-3601

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