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Dedication of LDX October 22

October 19, 2004

A dedication ceremony will be held on October 22nd at MIT for the Levitated Dipole Experiment, or LDX. LDX is expected to be an important new collaborative tool for the advancement of plasma, fusion and space science.

LDX is a first-of-its-kind experiment incorporating three superconducting magnets and will explore the physics of high-temperature plasma confined by magnetic fields that resemble those surrounding magnetized planets like Earth and Jupiter. The goal of the experiment is to study the properties of the confined plasma and to determine whether larger dipole magnets could someday be used to create a source of fusion power, according to the investigators.

LDX construction was completed in August. Details are posted at http://www.psfc.mit.edu/ldx/

LDX is a joint research project of Columbia University and MIT, supported by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Fusion Energy Sciences. It is also a partnership between plasma scientists and experts in magnet technology headed by Dr. Joseph Minervini

The dedication ceremony will take place from 3:00 - 3:30 pm in the Nabisco Laboratory, 190 Albany Street, Cambridge, MA, followed by a reception at 175 Albany Street, Bldg NW17-218 from 3:30 to 5 pm.

Congratulatory messages may be sent to any or all of the following:

Miklos Porkolab: porkolab@psfc.mit.edu
Jay Kesner: kesner@psfc.mit.edu
Mike Mauel: mauel@columbia.edu
Joe Minervini: minervini@psfc.mit.edu