Max Planck Princeton Research Center for Plasma Physics

Welcome to the Max-Planck-Princeton Center for Fusion and Astro Plasma Physics


The center fosters collaboration between scientific institutes in both Germany and the USA. By leveraging the skills and expertise of scientists and engineers in both countries, and by promoting collaboration between astrophysicists and fusion scientists generally, the center hopes to accelerate discovery in fundamental areas of plasma physics.

An equally important mission of the center is to support education and outreach to train the next generation of scientists. In the USA, this includes hosting training workshops for K-12 science teachers, and sponsoring summer research experiences for undergraduates.

In Germany, the host institutions are the Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik (IPP), the Max-Planck-Institut for Solar System Research (MPS), and the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics (MPA). In the USA, the host institutions are the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), and the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University.

To find out more about the Center, follow the links.

Funding for the Center is generously provided by the DOE Office of Science, the National Science Foundation, the Max-Planck Society, NASA's Heliophysics Division, and Princeton University.


A plasma discharge in MRX. The two flux cores and magnetic diagnostics are visible.

The Max-Planck Princeton Center for Fusion and Astro Plasma Physics was created on March 29, 2012 through a cooperative agreement between the Max-Planck Society in Germany, and Princeton University. Below find more information about the center and its goals.

Education & Outreach

A soft X-ray image of the sun taken by the Yohkoh satellite. Reconnection is thought to play a role in coronal heating.

Extensive educational and outreach efforts are an important part of the center, building on the more than 20 years of experience at PPPL in creating a portfolio of science education programs through Princeton University.   The are are four specific educational and outreach programs run by the center.