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.
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 People of MPDX June 2013