The Facility for Laboratory Reconnection Experiments (FLARE)

The Facility for Laboratory Reconnection Experiments (FLARE) is an intermediate laboratory facility currently under construction at Princeton University by a consortium of five universities (Princeton University, University of California - Berkeley, University of California - Los AngelesUniversity of Maryland, University of Wisconsin - Madison) and two Department of Energy (DoE) national laboratories [Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)]. This facility, upon completion, will be located at the PPPL. The design is based on the smaller device, Magnetic Reconnection Experiment (MRX). The goal of FLARE is to provide experimental accesses to new regimes of the magnetic reconnection process and related phenomena directly relevant to heliophysics, astrophysics, and fusion plasmas. Click here to learn more about magnetic reconnection.

The FLARE device construction is funded since 2013 by the NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program, with cost share contributions from Princeton University, University of Maryland, and University of Wisconsin - Madison. The construction is expected to finish in 2017. The facility support is provided by Department of Energy's Offices of Science, Office of Fusion Energy Sciences, through Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.

The FLARE Device Design
as of February 2013
(diameter 3m)
The FLARE Device Design as of May 2015
(diameter 3m)

Yohkoh The Aurora
Gamma ray flare from Crab Nebula (Black: background) thought to be due to reconnection. [Striani et al (2011)]. A soft X-ray image of the sun taken by the Yohkoh satellite. Reconnection is thought to play a role in coronal heating.
The charged particles which create the aurora are thought to be accelerated through magnetic reconnection.




Last Revised 11/27/16
by Hantao Ji