The Facility for Laboratory Reconnection Experiments (FLARE) is a new intermediate laboratory facility currently under testing at Princeton University by a consortium of five universities (Princeton University, University of California - Berkeley, University of California - Los Angeles, University 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.
FLARE device construction is funded by the NSF
Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program, with cost share
contributions from Princeton
of Maryland, and University
of Wisconsin - Madison. The construction has been
finished in December 2017. The facility support is provided by Princeton
The FLARE Device Design
(3m diameter and 3.6m length)
Constructed FLARE Device and Power Supplies as of December 2017
|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.|