University of Wisconsin-Madison Physical Sciences Lab


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The Madison Symmetric Torus (MST) is a research device used to study the interactions between magnetic fields and plasmas. The goals are to help develop a fusion energy source and to understand astrophysical magnetic field and plasmas. PSL collaborated in the MST project from the initial design through construction, upgrades, and designing and operating diagnostic systems to measure the plasma parameters. PSL contributions include building a new multiple-pulse high-power laser to measure plasma temperature and density, and building a multi-mega-watt electronic power supply to allow precise control of the magnetic fields, which confine the plasma.

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