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Madison Plasma Dynamo Experiment

The Madison Plasma Dynamo Experiment (MPDX) is for investigating self-generation of magnetic fields and related processes in a large, weakly magnetized, fast flowing, and hot (conducting) plasma. It is a major new, flexible plasma device and associated infrastructure will become available for a new generation of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to carry out experiments in a previously uninvestigated plasma regime, a regime asymptotically similar to many astrophysical plasmas.

Additional information

The live MPDX webcam is here .

On January 4th 2012 the vessel was delivered and installed. The UW made a video of the big day, on youtube here .

Photos from the casting and subsequent processes are available here .

From UW News, an article about the large and complex casting which will contain the plasma now being made entirely in Wisconsin :
MADE IN WISCONSIN: VESSEL TO CONTAIN COSMIC FORCE TAKES SHAPE

Other construction photos here

Presentations from a planning meeting in December 2009 here .

the MPDX crew
The People of MPDX June 2013