Sarah Polson ’23

Major

Physics

Project Title

Clean, Small Fusion Reactors

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I interned in Professor Samuel Cohen’s group, the ultimate goal of which is to develop nuclear fusion as a clean and abundant energy source. The applications of this research are abundant, from producing small-scale, portable power-producing devices, to utilizing fusion as a source of propulsion in space travel. My research dealt predominantly with the rotating-magnetic field code, which simulates single-particle trajectories within a complex plasma (the hot, ionized gas that acts as a fuel for fusion reactions). In particular, I studied non-conservational occurrences within a plasma subjected to a magnetic mirror. Through this internship, I learned a lot about one of the fields at the forefront of my major, and had the opportunity to help work toward an amazing goal.



Internship Year

2020

Project Category

Innovation and a New Energy Future

Organization(s)

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Mentor(s)

Samuel Cohen, Director, Program in Plasma Science and Technology, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Lecturer with the Rank of Professor in Astrophysical Sciences