PUFFIN is a new pulsed-power facility at the Plasma Science and Fusion Center, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. PUFFIN (the PUlser For Fundamental [Plasma Physics] INvestigations) will use intense pulses of electrical current to heat solids to a high-energy-density plasma state. These plasmas will be accelerated by the strong magnetic fields generated by the intense currents, creating long-lasting flows of magnetized plasma which mimic the extreme conditions found in astrophysical objects.
We will use PUFFIN to carry out research into fundamental plasma processes, such as magnetic reconnection and magneto-hydrodynamic turbulence, which underpin events such as solar flares and the transport of matter in the accretions disks of black holes.
You can find out more about PUFFIN in this poster we presented at APS DPP 2020. PUFFIN is currently in the design phase, with construction expected to begin in 2021, and experiments in 2022. We are actively seeking undergraduate and graduate students to work on the design and construction of PUFFIN, and subsequent experiments.