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Project Information

Project Information


Prospects for Inertial Confinement Fusion Energy Systems


Project Scope:

The Committee will prepare a report that will:

  • Assess the prospects for generating power using inertial confinement fusion;
  • Identify scientific and engineering challenges, cost targets, and R&D objectives associated with developing an IFE demonstration plant; and
  • Advise the U.S. Department of Energy on its development of an R&D roadmap aimed at creating a conceptual design for an inertial fusion energy demonstration plant.

The Committee will also prepare an interim report to inform future year planning by the federal government. A Panel on Fusion Target Physics with access to classified information as well as controlled-restricted unclassified information will serve as a technical resource to the committee and will describe, in a report containing only publicly accessible information, the R&D challenges to providing suitable targets on the basis of parameters established and provided by the Committee. The Panel will also assess the current performance of various fusion target technologies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Status: Current

PIN: DEPS-BPA-10-03

Project Duration (months): 24 month(s)

RSO: Lang, David

Topic(s):

Energy and Energy Conservation
Engineering and Technology
Math, Chemistry, and Physics


Committee Membership

Committee Post Date: 01/27/2011



Dr. Riccardo Betti
University of Rochester

Riccardo Betti is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Physics, and Assistant Director for Academic Affair at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics of the University of Rochester. He is also the Head of the Theory Department at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and the Director of the Fusion Science Center at the University of Rochester. Professor Betti received his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1992. He joined the University of Rochester as an Assistant Professor in 1991 and became full Professor in 2002. Professor Betti was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2001. His research is in the area of theoretical plasma physics with particular focus on the study of thermonuclear plasmas for applications in controlled thermonuclear fusion (magnetic and inertial). Professor Betti is currently Vice Chair of the DOE’s Fusion-Energy-Science-Advisory-Committee (FESAC). He served as Chair of the NRC’s Plasma Science Committee in 2007-2009. He also chaired the 2008-2009 FESAC panel on High Energy Density Physics and participated in several DOE panels and review committees on fusion sciences. In 2009, he received the Edward Teller medal from the American Nuclear Society and, in 2010, the Leadership award from the Board of Directors of Fusion Power Associates.
Dr. Ronald C. Davidson - (Co-Chair)
Princeton University

Ronald C. Davidson has been Professor of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University since 1991, and was Director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory from 1991-1996. He received his B.Sc. degree from McMaster University in 1963 and his Ph.D. degree from Princeton University in 1966. He was Assistant Research Physicist at the University of California at Berkeley from 1966-1968, an Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland from 1968-1971, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow from 1970-1972, an Associate Professor of Physics from 1971-1973, a Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland from 1973-1978, and a Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1978-1991. Dr. Davidson has made numerous fundamental theoretical contributions to several areas of pure and applied plasma physics, including nonneutral plasmas, nonlinear effects and anomalous transport, kinetic equilibrium and stability properties, intense charged particle beams, advanced accelerator concepts, and coherent radiation generation by relativistic electron beams. He is the author of more than 250 journal articles and books, including three advanced research monographs: "Methods in Nonlinear Plasma Theory" (Academic Press, New York, 1972), "Theory of Nonneutral Plasmas" (W.A. Benjamin, Reading, Massachusetts, 1974, reissued in Addison-Wesley Advanced Book Classics Series, 1989), and "Physics of Nonneutral Plasmas" (Addison-Wesley, Reading, Massachusetts, 1990). During 1976-1978 he served as Assistant Director for Applied Plasma Physics, Office of Fusion Energy, Department of Energy. Dr. Davidson also served as Director of the MIT Plasma Fusion Center from 1978-1988, as the first Chairman of the DOE Magnetic Fusion Advisory Committee (MFAC) from 1982-1986, as chairman of the American Physical Society Plasma Physics Division during 1983-1984, and has participated in numerous national and international committees on plasma physics and fusion research. Dr. Davidson is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of Sigma Xi. He is also a recipient of the Department of Energy Distinguished Associate Award and the Fusion Power Associates Leadership Award, both in 1986, and recipient of The Kaul Foundation's Award for Excellence in 1993.
Dr. Davidson has made numerous fundamental theoretical contributions to several areas of pure and applied plasma physics, including nonneutral plasmas, nonlinear effects and anomalous transport, kinetic equilibrium and stability properties, intense charged particle beams, advanced accelerator concepts, and coherent radiation generation by relativistic electrons.

Dr. Gerald L. Kulcinski - (Co-Chair)
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Gerald L. Kulcinski, NAE, is currently the Grainger Professor of Nuclear Engineering and the Director of the Fusion Technology Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Kulcinski received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 1961 and his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 1965. His current research interests lie with the assessment of technological problems associated with the production of power from both controlled thermonuclear and fission reactors and with the specific problems of metals exposed to the intense radiation environment associated with fission and fusion reactors. He has published over 210 scientific articles in 33 different journals, over 270 additional reports and articles in conference proceedings and is a co-author or contributor to 4 books. Since 1969, Dr. Kulcinski has given over 215 invited lectures in the U.S. and 17 foreign countries.
He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1993 and has been a fellow in the American Nuclear Society since 1978.

Professor Kulcinski conducted and directed research on the effects of radiation in metals while serving as a senior research scientist at the Battelle Northwest Laboratories from 1965 to 1971 and worked on the Nuclear Rocket Program at Los Alamos in 1963. From 1965 to 1971 he was a Lecturer at the Center for Graduate Study in Richland, Washington. Dr. Kulcinski joined the Nuclear Engineering Department at the University of Wisconsin in 1972. He was a visiting scientist at the Karlsruhe Nuclear Research Center in West Germany in 1977 and was on sabbatical leave at the Bechtel Corporation in San Francisco in 1989.

He has been a member of the American Nuclear Society since 1961, secretary of Richland, Washington section in 1970, past student advisor of the Wisconsin Chapter (1972-73), chairman of the second ANS topical meeting on fusion technology in 1976, and served on the Board of Directors from 1987-90. In 1978, he received the Curtis W. McGraw Research Award by the Engineering Research Committee of the American Association of Engineering Education. In 1980, he received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Controlled Thermonuclear Division of the American Nuclear Society. He served on the Governor's Energy Policy Task Force for the State of Wisconsin in 1980, was a U.S. delegate to the International Tokamak Reactor (INTOR) Project in Vienna, Austria from 1979 to 1981, and was on the advisory panel for INTOR until 1987. In 1984 he was appointed to the Grainger Chair of Nuclear Engineering at the university. In 1987 he received the John Randle Grumman Achievement Award from the Grumman Aircraft Corporation. He was awarded the 1992 Leadership Award in Fusion by Fusion Power Associates. In 1993 he received the NASA Public Service Medal and was elected to Phi Kappa Phi. He is currently an Associate Editor of Fusion Engineering and Design. Dr. Kulcinski has served on several review panels for the National Academy of Sciences, the Department of Energy, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratory, and Argonne National Laboratory in the United States as well as for the Karlsruhe Nuclear Laboratory in Germany and the Ontario Hydroelectric Utility in Canada.

Dr. Charles Baker
University of California, San Diego [Retired]

Charles Baker is currently a consultant to Sandia National Laboratories, in Albuquerque, New Mexico; in addition to serving as the chairman of US ITER Technology Advisory Committee. Dr. Baker received his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering in 1972 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been involved in fusion energy research since that time. He was a fusion energy department manager at General Atomics from 1972 to 1977, director of Argonne National Laboratory’s fusion program from 1977 to 1989, program director for fusion technology at Oak Ridge National Laboratory from 1989-1994, and head of US work on the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor from 1992 to 1999. From 1994 to 2004, he was at the University of California, San Diego, where he continued as head of the US ITER work and served as Deputy Director of UCSD’s Center for Energy Research. From 1998 to 2005, he acted as the Director of DOE’s Virtual Laboratory for Fusion Technology and as Adjunct Professor in UCSD’s Mechanical & Aerospace Department. He currently serves as chair of the US ITER Technical Advisory Committee, as a member of the US ITER Project Board, and was a member of the US delegation to the international ITER Management Advisory Committee.

Dr. Baker’s professional memberships and activities include: Fellow, American Nuclear Society; member, DOE Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (2002-2008); Principal Editor, Journal of Fusion Engineering & Design (2001-present); and Symposium General Chairperson, 6th International Symposium on Fusion Nuclear Technology (2002). He received the US Department of Energy’s Distinguished Associate Award in 1988 and the University of Wisconsin College of Engineering Distinguished Service Award in 1993. He received the IEEE/NPSS Fusion Technology Award for 2004 and the Fusion Power Associate Award for Distinguished Career in 2005. Dr. Baker is a registered professional engineer (nuclear engineering) in California.

Dr. Roger Bangerter
E. O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory [Retired]

Roger Bangerter retired as the head of Fusion Energy Research at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. In 1969 Dr. Bangerter received a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California at Berkeley where he specialized in elementary particle physics. His research has been in the area of heavy ion fusion. Prior to his work at the VNL, he served as the Head of the Fusion Energy Research Program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory. During the energy crisis of the 1970s, Dr. Bangerter’s interest in energy issues grew. In 1976 he and David Judd served as chairmen of the first international “Summer Study of Heavy Ions for Inertial Fusion”, a study that catalyzed interest in this new field. Dr. Bangerter has served on many advisory committees, most recently as Chair of the Program Advisory Committee for the Department of Energy’s Virtual Laboratory for Technology for Fusion Energy Science. He also served as one of three chairmen of the national “2002 Fusion Summer Study” held at Snowmass, Colorado. Dr. Bangerter is a fellow of the American Physical Society and a recipient of the Distinguished Career Award given by Fusion Power Associates.


Dr. Jan Beyea
Consulting in the Public Interest

Jan Beyea is the chief scientist of Consulting in the Public Interest where he consults on energy and environmental topics for numerous local, national, and international organizations, including the National Audobon Society and various university epidemiology research groups. He received a B.A. from Amherst College and a Ph.D. in physics from Columbia University. He has served as chief scientist and vice president of the National Audubon Society and has held positions at Holy Cross College, Columbia University, and Princeton University’s Center for Energy and Environmental Studies. Dr. Beyea has been a member of numerous advisory committees and panels, including the NRC’s Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, Energy Engineering Board, Committee on America's Energy Future, Committee on Alternative Energy R&D Strategies, and the Committee to Review DOE’s Fine Particulates Research Plan. He currently is a member of the World Trade Center Health Registry Scientific Advisory Committee. He has also served on the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board’s Task Force on Economic Modeling, been a member of the policy committee of the Recycling Advisory Council, and advised various Office of Technology Assessment. Dr. Beyea has expertise in energy modeling, energy technologies and associated environmental and health concerns, including pollutant exposure modeling, and he has written numerous articles on energy and the environment, including a recent policy forum in the journal, Science, on the subject of scientific research and the smart grid.
Dr. Robert L. Byer
Stanford University

Robert Byer, NAS/NAE, is currently the director of Ginzton Laboratory at Stanford University. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University in 1969. Dr. Byer has made numerous contributions to laser science and technology including the demonstration of the first tunable visible parametric oscillator, the development of the Q-switched unstable resonator Nd: YAG laser, remote sensing using tunable infrared sources and precision spectroscopy using Coherent Anti Stokes Raman Scattering. His current research interests includes the development of nonlinear optical materials and laser diode pumped solid state laser sources for applications to gravitational wave detection and to laser particle acceleration. He was Chair of the Applied Physics Department from 1981 to 1984; Associate Dean of Humanities and Sciences from 1985 to 1987 and served as Vice Provost and Dean of Research at Stanford University from 1987 through 1992. He also served as Director of Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory from 1997 through 2006. Professor Byer is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Laser Institute of America. In 1985 Professor Byer served as president of the IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society. He was elected President of the Optical Society of America and served in 1994. He is a founding member of the California Council on Science and Technology and is serving as chair from 1995 - 1999. He has served on the Engineering Advisory Board of the National Science Foundation. Professor Byer has published more than 400 scientific papers and holds 40 patents in the fields of lasers and nonlinear optics. Professor Byer was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1987 and to the National Academy of Sciences in 2000.
Dr. Franklin Chang-Diaz
Ad Astra Rocket Company

Franklin Chang-Diaz is president and CEO of Ad Astra Rocket Company and an adjunct professor of Physics at Rice University and the University of Houston. He received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Connecticut in 1973 and a doctorate in applied plasma physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1977. In 1973, he became heavily involved in the United States’ controlled fusion program and doing intensive research in the design and operation of fusion reactors. Upon receibing his Ph.D., he joined the technical staff of the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory. His work at Draper was geared strongly toward the design and integration of control systems for fusion reactor concepts and experimental devices, in both inertial and magnetic confinement fusion. In 1979, he developed a novel concept to guide and target fuel pellets in an inertial fusion reactor chamber. Later on he was engaged in the design of a new concept in rocket propulsion based on magnetically confined high temperature plasmas. Selected by NASA in May 1980, Dr. Chang-Dìaz became an astronaut in August 1981. While undergoing astronaut training he was also involved in flight software checkout at the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory, and participated in the early Space Station design studies. In late 1982, he was designated as support crew for the first Spacelab mission and, in November 1983, served as on orbit capsule communicator during that flight. From October 1984 to August 1985, he was leader of the astronaut support team at the Kennedy Space Center. His duties included astronaut support during the processing of the various vehicles and payloads, as well as flight crew support during the final phases of the launch countdown. He has logged over 1,800 hours of flight time, including 1,500 hours in jet aircraft. As a visiting scientist with the M.I.T. Plasma Fusion Center from October 1983 to December 1993, he led the plasma propulsion program there to develop this technology for future human missions to Mars. From December 1993 to July 2005 Dr. Chang-Dìaz served as Director of the Advanced Space Propulsion Laboratory at the Johnson Space Center where he continued his research on plasma rockets. A veteran of seven space flights, STS 61-C (1986), STS-34 (1989), STS-46 (1992), STS-60 (1994), STS-75 (1996), STS-91 (1998) and STS-111 (2002), he has logged over 1,601 hours in space, including 19 hours and 31 minutes in three spacewalks. Dr. Chang-Diaz served on the NRC’s Plasma 2010 Decadal Survey. He has received numerous honors, including 7 NASA Space Flight Medals (1986, 1989, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998); 2 NASA Distinguished Service Medals (1995, 1997), and 3 NASA Exceptional Service Medals (1988, 1990, 1993). In 1986, he received the Liberty Medal from President Ronald Reagan at the Statue of Liberty Centennial Celebration in New York City, and in 1987 the Medal of Excellence from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
Dr. Steven C. Cowley
United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority

Steven C. Cowley is currently the CEO and director of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority. He earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University in 1985. He became Director at Culham in September 2008 and was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority in November 2009. He received his BA from Oxford University and his PhD from Princeton University. Professor Cowley's post-doctoral work was at Culham and he returned to Princeton in 1987. He joined the faculty at the University of California Los Angeles in 1993, rising to the rank of Full Professor in 2000. From 2001 to 2003 he led the plasma physics group at Imperial College, London. He remains a part time professor at Imperial College. His research interests at Imperial include fusion theory; plasma and atomic theory associated with x-ray laser development; space and astrophysical plasmas; and multiphoton processes.

Dr. Cowley served in 1997 on the Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (FESAC) International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) physics review panel. He has served as a member of the organizing committee for the annual Sherwood Fusion Theory meeting and as chair of the NRC Plasma Science Committee (1999-2001). Dr. Cowley was also a member of the NRC Physics Survey Overview Committee, which produced the overview volume for the Physics in a New Era decadal physics survey and was a member of the NRC’s Burning Plasma Assessment Committee. Dr. Cowley is a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and the Institute of Physics (IOP), the recipient of a number of awards for excellence in teaching at UCLA, and the recipient of a number of fellowships, including the Harkness Fellowship and the Charlotte Elizabeth Proctor Fellowship. He has published over 100 papers and articles. Professor Cowley co-chaired the US National Academy's decadal assessment of, and outlook for, plasma science: Plasma Science: Advancing Knowledge in the National Interest (National Academy Press 2007). He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Institute of Physics.

Dr. Richard L. Garwin
IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center

Richard L. Garwin is an IBM Fellow Emeritus at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York. In addition, he is a consultant to the U.S. government on matters of military technology and arms control. His work for the government has included studies on antisubmarine warfare, new technologies in health care, sensor systems, military and civil aircraft, and satellite and strategic systems from the point of view of improving such systems as well as assessing existing capabilities. For example, he contributed to the first U.S. photographic reconnaissance satellite program, CORONA, that returned 3 million feet of film from almost 100 successful flights from 1960-1972. Dr. Garwin has made contributions in the design of nuclear weapons, in instruments and electronics for research in nuclear and low-temperature physics, in the establishment of the nonconservation of parity and the demonstration of some of its striking consequences, in computer elements and systems, including superconducting devices, in communication systems, in the behavior of solid helium, in the detection of gravitational radiation, and in military technology. He has provided Congressional testimony on matters involving national security, transportation, energy policy and technology. He is coauthor of many books, among them Nuclear Weapons and World Politics (1977), Nuclear Power Issues and Choices (1977), Energy: The Next Twenty Years (1979), Science Advice to the President (1980), Managing the Plutonium Surplus: Applications and Technical Options (1994), Feux Follets et Champignons Nucleaires (1997) (with Georges Charpak), and Megawatts and Megatons: A Turning Point in the Nuclear Age? (2001) (with Georges Charpak).

Dr. Garwin worked on the faculty of the University of Chicago before he joined IBM Corporation in 1952. Until June 1993, he was an IBM Fellow at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center; Adjunct Research Fellow in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; and Adjunct Professor of Physics at Columbia University. He has been Director of the IBM Watson Laboratory, Director of Applied Research at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, and a member of the IBM Corporate Technical Committee. He has also been Professor of Public Policy in the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. From 1994 to 2004, he was the Philip D. Reed Senior Fellow for Science and Technology at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He was a member of the President's Science Advisory Committee 1962-65 and 1969-72, and of the Defense Science Board 1966-69. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, of the IEEE, and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Engineering, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the American Philosophical Society. In 2002, he was elected again to the Council of the National Academy of Sciences.

He received a B.S. in Physics from Case Institute of Technology, Cleveland, in 1947, and Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Chicago in 1949.

Dr. David Hammer
Cornell University

David Hammer is the J. Carlton Ward Professor of Nuclear Energy Engineering and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University. He received his B.S. from Caltech in 1964 and his Ph.D. from Cornell in 1969. His research is in intense pulsed light ion beams, and intense ion beam interaction with gases and plasmas. He also researches HEDP using the dynamics of fine wires exploded by short high current pulses, as well as conducts plasma measurements by optical techniques using visible light and x-ray spectroscopy, laser-based diagnostic methods and advanced electro-optical instruments. He has been on the Cornell faculty since 1977. Dr. Hammer worked at the Naval Research Laboratory in 1969-1976, was a Visiting Associate Professor (part time) at the University of Maryland in 1973-1976, and was an Associate Professor at UCLA in 1977; in 1983 to 1984, 1991 and 2004 he was a Visiting Senior Fellow at Imperial College, London. He has been a consultant to several corporations and government laboratories. Dr. Hammer has authored or co-authored about 120 articles that have appeared in refereed journals and about 75 that have been published in conference proceedings. He holds a patent on the x-pinch x-ray source for application to lithography in microelectronics manufacturing, and another for using the X pinch for imaging biological specimens. Dr. Hammer is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), of IEEE and of the AAAS. In 2004, he was the winner of the IEEE Plasma Science and Applications Committee Award. He served as the Chair-Elect of the Division of Plasma Physics (DPP) of the American Physical Society in 2003, and as the Chair of the division in 2004. Dr. Hammer was elected Division Councilor of the DPP in 2006 and is serving a 4-year term, ending in 2010, on the APS Council as a result. He is serving as a member of the APS Executive Board during 2009 and 2010. Dr. Hammer served on the NRC’s High Energy Density Physics, Plasma2010, and QMU committees.
Mr. Joseph S. Hezir
EOP Group, Inc.

Joseph Hezir is the co-founder and managing partner of the EOP Group, Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in federal government regulatory strategy development and budget policy. He previously served 18 years in the White House Office of Management in positions of increasing responsibility, serving for 6 years as deputy associate director for energy and science. He has also served on a number of advisory bodies, including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Advisory Council and the Metropolitan Area Board of Directors for the Red Cross. He also was a member of the National Research Council’s Burning Plasma Assessment Committee. He served on numerous NRC committees, including the Elementary Particle Physics survey, the Burning Plasma Assessment, the Committee on Cost of and Payment for Animal Research, and the Board on Physics and Astronomy.
Dr. Kathyrn McCarthy
Idaho National Laboratory

Kathryn McCarthy is director of Nuclear Science and Engineering at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory where she and her staff play a key role in conducting research and development in nuclear systems analysis and design, reactor and radiation physics, thermal fluids, nuclear fuels and materials, and fusion. She received her Master's and Ph.D. degrees in nuclear engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her Bachelor's degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Arizona. She came to the INEEL Fusion Safety Program in 1991, focusing on examining the behavior of materials in the plasma-facing components of proposed fusion reactors. She also led a number of important experimental projects that have contributed to an understanding of the consequences of fusion reactor accidents. In 1994, McCarthy received the Fusion Power Associates Board of Directors' Excellence in Fusion Engineering Award for her “very important contributions to fusion safety engineering and in recognition of impressive leadership qualities.” In 1996, she received the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor Program Certificate of Merit for outstanding technical excellence and leadership in ITER Safety Research and Development. From 1998 to 2003, she served as the manager of the Nuclear Engineering Design and Research Department. McCarthy received the ANS Women's Achievement Award in 2000 for outstanding personal dedication and technical achievement for work she performed in the fields of nuclear science, nuclear engineering, research and education. In 2002, she was elected to the American Nuclear Society's board of directors. Last year she served as chair of the Idaho section of the ANS.
Dr. Lawrence T. Papay
PQR, LLC

Larry Papay, NAE, is currently CEO and Principal of PQR, LLC, a management consulting firm specializing in managerial, financial, and technical strategies for a variety of clients in electric power and other energy areas. Dr. Papay received his B.S. in Physics from Fordham University in 1958, a M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from MIT in 1965, and his Sc.D. in Nuclear Engineering from MIT in 1969. Prior to PQR, he was Sector Vice President for the Integrated Solutions Sector at SAIC where he was responsible for business dealing with the integration of technology in the energy, environment and information areas for a variety of governmental and commercial clients worldwide. Prior to SAIC, Dr. Papay was the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Bechtel Technology & Consulting and was responsible for monitoring new technologies and developing new businesses, principally in the energy sector, employing those technologies including technological developments that impacted existing business lines as well as the engineering and construction business in general. Prior to Bechtel he was a Senior Vice President at Southern California Edison where he had a variety of responsibilities over his 21-year career including R&D, Engineering, Power Operations Transmission and Distribution, Power Generation, Nuclear Power, System Planning and General Administrative functions.
He is a nationally recognized authority in engineering, science and technology, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and served on the NAE Council from 2004-2010. He also chairs the California Council for Science and Technology. He currently serves or has served on numerous special committees, panels, boards and task forces including the Department of Energy's Energy Research Advisory Board and the Laboratory Operations Board, the Department of Homeland Security's S&T Advisory Committee as well as the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, National Science Foundation, National Research Council, American Nuclear Society, and Electric Power Research Institute. He is a registered Professional Engineer (Nuclear) in California.

Dr. Ken Schultz
General Atomics

Kenneth Schultz retired from General Atomics (GA) in May 2011. Prior to his retirement he was the project manager of the Energy Multiplier Module (EM2) project in the Fission Division of the Energy and Electromagnetic Systems Group at General Atomics. Prior to joining GA in 1971, he worked on Boiling Water Reactor core design at General Electric Nuclear Energy Division. From 1971 to 1975, he was section leader in the High Temperature Gas Reactor Core Design Department, responsible for the reactor physics design and fuel cycle physics and economics analyses of the 2000 and 4000 MW(t) HTGR. From 1975-1990, he was Manager of GA’s Fusion Technology Development Department, and the project manager for numerous fusion technology tasks, including the ARIES Tokamak Design Study, the DOE ICF Reactor Design Study, and the initial ITER First Wall/Divertor Design. He led a series of fusion-fission hybrid reactor studies in cooperation with LLNL and other DOE labs. From 1990 to 2001, he was the founding Director of GA’s Inertial Fusion Technology Division, directing a staff of 50 on DOE’s Inertial Confinement Fusion Target Fabrication Project, providing research, development, production, and characterization of ICF targets for the five ICF National Laboratories, and developing target-related technologies for inertial fusion energy. From 2000 to 2009, he served as Operations Director of the Energy Group, reporting to the Senior Vice President, with oversight responsibilities for the Fission, Inertial Fusion Technology and Photonics Divisions. During this time he provided project management support to the HELLADS laser development project for DARPA and had responsibility for developing GA’s program to develop use of nuclear power to produce hydrogen. He has served on several fusion technical policy panels including the Environment Safety and Economics Committee and the Low Activation Materials Panel. From 2008 to 2010, he served on the DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee. He is a member of the American Nuclear Society and from 2000-2003 and 2009-2012 served on its Board of Directors. He is a prior chairman of the ANS/Fusion Energy Division and a leader in founding the ANS Nuclear Production of Hydrogen Working Group in 2005. He served on the board of directors of the National Hydrogen Association from 2003 to 2006 and 2009 until 2011. He is a Registered Professional Nuclear Engineer.
Dr. Andrew M. Sessler
E. O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Andrew Sessler, NAS, is Director, Emeritus, and Distinguished Emeritus Scientist at E.O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His current work focuses on accelerators and beams of particles and photons, and the design of modern accelerators (colliders) and synchrotron sources. Of particular interest to Dr. Sessler are the theoretical problems related to the manipulation of beams, such as beam-beam effects (in colliders), collective instabilities; novel acceleration techniques such as laser-plasma acceleration, wake-field accelerators, inverse free-electron accelerators; the international aspects of physics; and science education. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences; cited for his contribution to the understanding of collective instabilities in high-current high energy accelerators are of fundamental importance to the design of modern accelerators. He has been on several NRC committees included membership on the Committee on High-Energy-Density Plasma Physics Assessment (2001-2003), the Committee on Fusion Science Assessment (1999-2001), and the Plasma Science Committee (2010- ).
Dr. John Sheffield
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

John Sheffield is currently a senior fellow at the University of Tennessee–Knoxville. He retired as Executive Director of Joint Institute for Energy and Environment and Director for Energy Technology Programs at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 2003. From 1958 to 1966, he worked for the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) at Harwell and Culham Laboratories in England. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Nuclear Society. From 1966 to 1971, he was an assistant professor in the Physics Department of the University of Texas at Austin, teaching and doing research on oblique shockwaves in plasmas and diagnostics—including the scattering of radiation from plasmas. From 1971 to 1977, he worked on fusion energy research at the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority’s (UKAEA) Culham Laboratory and the Joint European Torus experiment. From 1977 to 1994, he was in the Fusion Energy Division at ORNL, serving as Division and Program Director from 1988 to 1994. From 1987 to 2003, he was Executive Director of JIEE and Director for Energy Technology Programs at ORNL. He was a member of the Department of Energy’s Fusion Energy Science Advisory Committee, serving as chair from 1996 to 2000. He has published widely in the areas of plasma physics, fusion energy science and technology, and issues of energy needs, production and use. His current research interests are in world population growth and future energy demand and resources, the role of energy efficient technologies, opportunities for fusion energy, the connection of energy use and the environment, the role of improved transportation systems in reducing air pollution in the Smokies region, and issues and opportunities for solutions in the farm animal manure area. Prior to being involved in the general energy and environmental research areas he conducted substantial and significant research in plasma physics and fusion energy science and technology. He earned his Ph.D. and M.Sc. from London University.
Dr. Thomas Anthony Tombrello, Jr
California Institute of Technology

Thomas Tombrello is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Physics, the Chairman of the Division of Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy, and the Technology Assessment Officer at the California Institute of Technology. His research interests and expertise in the applications of nuclear and ion beam physics to problems in materials science, geochemistry, and technology. Prior to his positions at Caltech, he taught at Yale University as an assistant professor of physics, and began his career as a research fellow at Rice University. He has received numerous awards and distinctions in his field; including, but not limited too, the Navas Prize, the Sigma Xi Award for Masters Thesis, and a doctorate of Philosophy honoris causa from Uppsala University. Dr. Tombrello studied Physics at Rice University where he earned his Ph.D. in 1961, his M.A. in 1960, and his B.A. in 1958.
Dr. Dennis G. Whyte
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dennis Whyte is a professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the University du Quebec in 1992 while studying at Canada’s national fusion research facility, the Tokamak de Varennes in Montreal. Dr. Whyte’s primary research focus is on experimental solutions to the numerous problems caused by plasma-surface interactions (PSI) in magnetic confinement fusion power reactors. PSI science touches on nearly every aspect of plasma and material sciences, and the complex coupling between the two. Dr. Whyte is also interested in ion beam surface analysis. Prior to his position at MIT, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Physics at University of Wisconsin at Madison. He served on the NRC’s Review of the U.S. Plan for Participation in ITER Committee.
Dr. Jonathan S. Wurtele
University of California, Berkeley

Jonathan Wurtele is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Wurtele earned his B.A. in 1979 and his Ph.D. in 1985 from the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests are in advanced accelerator concepts, intense laser-plasma interaction and the basic equilibrium, stability, and radiation properties of intense charged particle beams. His research includes basic theory, simulation and the development of proof-of-principle experiments. After two years as a postdoc, he joined the MIT Physics Department as an Assistant Professor in 1987. In 1990 he was a foreign fellow at the Institute for Space and Astronautical Science in Japan. He returned to Berkeley in 1995. He has served on the NRC’s Plasma Science Committee, HEDP Committee, and Fusion Science Assessment Committee.
Dr. Rosa Yang
Electric Power Research Institute, Inc.

Rosa Yang is vice president, Innovation, at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). She joined EPRI in 1987 as a Project Manager in the Light Water Reactor Fuel Program, focusing her research activities on fuel design, fuel failure investigation, corrosion, and the impact of plant operation on fuel performance. In 1998, Yang established EPRI's Fuel Reliability Program, with participants from more than 10 countries and 30 nuclear utilities. As Director of the Materials and Chemistry Department within EPRI's Nuclear Power Sector, Yang guided research activities designed to enhance scientific understanding of nuclear issues, and to improve the safe, reliable and economic operation of nuclear power reactors. With a multi-disciplined technical staff, she lead research activities in boiling water reactor and pressurized water reactor materials aging and degradation, water chemistry control, fuel performance and reliability, spent fuel storage, high and low-level waste disposal, and radiation control. Before joining EPRI, Yang worked for General Electric, where she developed the company's fuel design and licensing code. She also served as the technical lead for several internationally sponsored fuel testing programs. Yang is a frequent guest speaker and published author on nuclear fuel and materials technology issues. She has delivered featured presentations at numerous key industry events, including the International Light Water Reactor Fuel Performance Meeting, Annual American Nuclear Society Meeting, and Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Regulatory Information Conference. Dr. Yang holds a Bachelor of Science in nuclear engineering from the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan, and a Master of Science and doctorate in nuclear engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.


Committee Membership Roster Comments

Note (11/19/2010): There has been a change in committee membership with the appointment of Adrian Zaccaria

Note (01/24/2011): Bio for Riccardo Betti has been updated.

Note (01/27/2011): There have been two changes in committee membership: (1) Dr. Richard Garwin has been appointed, and (2) the nominations process for Mr. Adrian Zaccaria could not be completed so his name has been removed from the membership posting.

Note (06/01/2011): Bio for Ken Schultz has been updated.

Events



Location:

Teleconference
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  David Lang
Contact Email:  dlang@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  2023342395

Agenda

This meeting is closed in its entirety.
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Ronald C. Davidson

Charles Baker

Roger Bangerter

Riccardo Betti

Jan Beyea

Steven C. Cowley

Richard L. Garwin

Joseph S. Hezir

Lawrence T. Papay

Ken Schultz

Andrew M. Sessler

John Sheffield

Thomas Anthony Tombrello
Jr

Rosa Yang

Malcolm McGeoch

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

balance and composition

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

none

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
April 12, 2012


Location:

General Atomics Campus
San Diego, CA
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Teri Thorowgood
Contact Email:  tthorowg@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  -

Agenda

NOTE: The agenda has been updated with additional information on the open and closed sessions.
NOTE: The NNSA speaker has been confirmed.


General Atomics Campus
San Diego, CA
All parties who wish to attend must register at the below URL:
http://www8.nationalacademies.org/EventRegistration/public/Register.aspx?event=36346458

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
All presentation titles below are provisional and only intended to be placeholders


CLOSED SESSION
0730 Breakfast available at GA campus
0800 Welcome Ron Davidson & Jerry Kulcinski, Co-Chairs
0805 Discussion of Business: Status of the Study David Lang, Staff
0830 Report from the ICF Target Physics Panel John Ahearne, Chair (TBD)

OPEN SESSION
0900 Status of the National Ignition Campaign and Plans Post-FY2012
Jeff Quintenz, NNSA
0925 Discussion
0940 Status of the National Ignition Facility, Plans for the Facility Post- FY2012, and the LIFE Project Mike Dunne, LLNL
1005 Discussion
1020 Public Comment Session
1040 Adjourn open session

CLOSED SESSION
1045 Discussion of Final Report
1200 Working lunch

OPEN SESSION
1230 Leave meeting room for tour of General Atomics target fabrication
facilities
1400 Adjourn tour and open session

CLOSED SESSION
1405 Continued Discussion of Final Report
1800 Adjourn for the day and leave GA campus for dinner
1830 or 1900 Dinner


Thursday, February 23, 2012

CLOSED SESSION
0730 Breakfast available at GA campus
0800 Continued Discussion of Final Report
1600 Discussion of business: plan to complete report
1700 Adjourn meeting and depart

Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Ronald C. Davidson
Co-Chair
Princeton University
Gerald L. Kulcinski
Co-Chair
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Charles Baker
University of California
San Diego [Retired]
Roger Bangerter
E. O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory [Retired]
Riccardo Betti
University of Rochester
Jan Beyea
Consulting in the Public Interest
Robert L. Byer
Stanford University
Steven C. Cowley
United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority
Richard L. Garwin
IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center
Joseph S. Hezir
EOP Group
Inc.
Kathyrn McCarthy
Idaho National Laboratory
Lawrence T. Papay
PQR
LLC
Ken Schultz
General Atomics [Retired]
Andrew M. Sessler
E. O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
John Sheffield
The University of Tennessee
Knoxville
Thomas Anthony Tombrello
Jr
California Institute of Technology (by phone)
Dennis G. Whyte
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (by phone)
Jonathan S. Wurtele
University of California
Berkeley
Rosa Yang
Electric Power Research Institute
Inc.
Malcolm McGeoch
Consultant
PLEX
LLC

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Final report, presentations heard, interim report, report development schedule, ICF target physics panel activities, tour logistics, recent developments in inertial fusion.”

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

none

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
March 06, 2012


Location:

F Street Conference Center
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Jonathan Yanger
Contact Email:  jyanger@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-1544

Agenda

NOTE 10/20: The below agenda may change due to scheduling changes with the speakers. Please check the agenda prior to attending.
NOTE 10/20: Public Comment Session is now included (mistakenly deleted).
NOTE 10/20: Agenda for the visit to NRL has been added.

Committee on the Prospects for Inertial Confinement Fusion Energy Systems
Fifth Meeting

The National Academies
20 F Street NW Conference Center
Meeting Rooms TBD
20 F Street, NW • Washington, DC 20001

Monday, October 31, 2011 Location: Meeting Rooms TBD
All presentation titles below are provisional and only intended to be placeholders

CLOSED SESSION
8:00 am Breakfast available Meeting Rooms A and B
8:30 am Welcome and opening remarks
8:45 am Discussion with ICF Target Physics Panel Chair
10:00 am Break

OPEN SESSION
10:15 am Welcome and opening remarks
10:20 am Heavy Ion Inertial Fusion Energy: Activities and Plans in Europe and Russia, Boris Sharkov, FAIR GmbH
11:20 am Discussion
11:40 am Public Comment Session

CLOSED SESSION
12:00 pm Lunch Committee only

OPEN SESSION
1:00 pm Mass manufacturing of targets, Abbas Nikroo, General Atomics
2:00 pm Discussion
2:30 pm A Perspective on Licensing of Inertial Fusion Power Plants, Dick Meserve,
Carnegie Institute for Science
3:00 pm Discussion

CLOSED SESSION
3:15 pm Committee Discussion
6:15 pm Break
7:00 pm Working Dinner at Bistro Bis (in the Hotel George) (committee & staff only)
9:00 pm Adjourn for day


Tuesday, November 1, 2011 Location: Meeting Rooms TBD

CLOSED SESSION
8:00 am Breakfast
8:30 am Continued discussion
10:30 am Break

OPEN SESSION
10:45 am A Perspective on Safety Issues of an Inertial Fusion Power Plant,Kathy McCarthy, Idaho National Laboratory (& Committee member)
11:15 am Discussion
11:30 am Public Comment Session

CLOSED SESSION
11:45 am Lunch Committee only

CLOSED SESSION
12:45 pm Continued discussion
2:45 pm Break
3:00 pm Continued discussion
6:00 pm Break
6:30 pm Adjourn for the day


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

OPEN SESSION

Visit to Laser Fusion Facilities, Naval Research Laboratory
2 November 2011

8:30 Transportation to NRL from Hotel

9:00 Gathering and introductions, Building 60 Auditorium

Presentation: Overview of the NRL laser fusion program, S. Obenschain
(History, updates on direct laser drive & KrF, path forward to IFE)

9:45 -11:15 Tours of Nike and Electra KrF Laser Facilities
(Tour guides Victor Serlin and John Sethian)

Tour of Nike Target Facility
(Yefim Aglitskiy, Max Karasik, Jim Weaver)

Tour of Nike Laser Facility
(David Kehne, Steve Terrell)

Tour of Electra Facility
(Frank Hegeler, Matt Myers, Matt Wolford)

11:15-11:45 Discussion (with light lunch), Building 71 Conference Room

11:45 Transportation to Hotel
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Ron Davidson
Jerry Kulcinski
Charles Baker
Roger Bangerter
Riccardo Betti
Jan Beyea
Robert Byer
Steven Cowley
Richard Garwin
Joe Hezir
Kathryn McCarthy
Larry Papay
Ken Schultz
Andy Sessler
John Sheffield
Tom Tombrello (via phone)
Dennis Whyte
Jonathan Wurtele (via phone)


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Final report, presentations heard, interim report, future meeting, report development schedule, Target panel activities, NRL tour logistics, recent developments in inertial fusion.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

60 Years of Energy Incentives. Management Information Services. October 2011.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
November 09, 2011


Location:

Laboratory for Laser Energetics
Seminar Room
250 E. River Road, Rochester, NY 14623-1299
Map: http://www.lle.rochester.edu/about/map.php

Please Register for the Meeting here: http://www8.nationalacademies.org/EventRegistration/public/Register.aspx?event=60BA767A

Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  David Lang
Contact Email:  IFECommittee@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  2023342395

Agenda

*** NOTE (04/15/2011): THIS AGENDA WILL CHANGE
*** NOTE (04/27/2011): The meeting location changed from the hotel to the Laboratory for Laser Energetics.
*** NOTE (05/25/2011): The meeting agenda has been updated.
*** NOTE (05/26/2011): Logistical info has been added.
*** NOTE (06/07/2011): The meeting agenda has been updated.

PLEASE REGISTER YOUR ATTENDANCE AT THE BELOW URL:
http://tinyurl.com/3fys4v4

Guests should arrive at the east end of the building
(entrance with the rounded glass front, NOT the entrance with the flag pole).


Committee on the Prospects for Inertial Confinement Fusion Energy Systems
Fourth Meeting

Location:
Laboratory for Laser Energetics
Seminar Room
250 E. River Road, Rochester, NY 14623-1299
Map: http://www.lle.rochester.edu/about/map.php

Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Location: Seminar Room
All presentation titles below are provisional and only intended to be placeholders


CLOSED SESSION

8:00 am Breakfast available

8:30 am Welcome and opening remarks

8:45 am Break


OPEN SESSION

9:00 am Welcome and opening remarks

9:05 am Inertial Fusion Energy: Activities and Plans in the
UK and EU
John Collier, UK Science and Technology Facilities
Council

10:15 am Discussion

10:35 am Break

10:50 am Inertial Fusion Energy: Activities and Plans in Japan Hiroshi Azechi, Institute of Laser Engineering,
Osaka University

12:00 pm Discussion

12:20 pm Lunch Seminar Room

1:00 pm Integrated design of a laser fusion target
chamber system,
John Sethian, Naval Research Laboratory

2:00 pm Discussion

2:20 pm Adjourn open session for the day


CLOSED SESSION

2:30 pm Discussion

6:00 pm Break

6:45 pm Working Dinner at *TBD

8:30 pm Adjourn for day




Thursday, June 16, 2011 Location: Seminar Room


CLOSED SESSION

8:00 am Breakfast Seminar Room


OPEN SESSION

8:30 am Nuclear Power Plant Financing
Philip M. Huyck, Encite, LLC (formerly of Credit
Suisse First Boston & Trust Company of the West)

9:30 am Discussion

9:45 am Inertial Fusion Energy: Activities and Plans in China
Zhang Jie, President, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

11:00 am Discussion

11:20 am Public Comment Session

11:30 am General Discussion with All Speakers

12:00 pm Adjourn open session and break for lunch


CLOSED SESSION

12:00 pm Lunch Seminar Room

1:00 pm Discussion with ICF Target Physics Panel Chair

2:00 pm Discussion

2:30 pm Break

5:30 pm Break

6:30 pm Working Dinner at *TBD

8:30 pm Adjourn for the day



Site Visit to the Laboratory for Laser Energetics

Friday, June 17, 2011

(The site visit will be TBD mile round trip, walking)


CLOSED SESSION

7:30 am Breakfast available Seminar Room

8:00 am Discussion

9:30 am Break & Gather at LOCATION TBD for site visit


OPEN SESSION

9:45 am Begin site visit

12:00 pm Adjourn site visit, adjourn meeting, and depart

Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Ronald C. Davidson
Gerald L. Kulcinski
Charles Baker
Roger Bangerter
Riccardo Betti
Jan Beyea
Steven C. Cowley
Robert L. Byer
David Hammer (by telephone)
Joseph S. Hezir
Ken Schultz
John Sheffield
Thomas Anthony Tombrello (by telephone)
Dennis G. Whyte
Jonathan S. Wurtele
Malcolm McGeoch


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Plans and goals for the meeting; presentations; input from the community; organization of work; interim report; final report; work plan; next meeting; statement of task; target physics panel activities and schedule; ignition; the National Ignition Campaign.



The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Biosketches for the speakers.


Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
June 22, 2011


Location:

Hyatt Regency
330 Tijeras NW
Albuquerque, NM
87102
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  David Lang
Contact Email:  dlang@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-2395

Agenda

NOTE: The below agenda will be updated as it is developed.

NOTE (03/13/2011): The agenda has been updated to include additional details, including a link to a registration page for those wishing to attend the March 30-31 portions of the meeting.

NOTE (03/17/2011): The agenda has been updated to include additional details recently confirmed.

NOTE (03/30/2011): The agenda has been updated to include building information for the April 1 site visit.


REGISTER for the March 30-31 open sessions at URL http://www8.nationalacademies.org/EventRegistration/public/Register.aspx?event=9AEF4FA6.
If this link does not work, you can find the link under "Upcoming Meetings" at URL http://sites.nationalacademies.org/BPA/BPA_058425.


MEETING AGENDA

Hyatt Regency
330 Tijeras NW
Albuquerque, NM
87102

Tuesday, March 29, 2011
CLOSED SESSION

7:00 pm Inertial Confinement Fusion and Inertial Fusion Energy Tutorial, Steve Cowley & Riccardo Betti

9:00 pm Adjourn for day


Wednesday, March 30, 2011 Location: Pavilion VI

All presentation titles below are provisional and only intended to be placeholders

CLOSED SESSION

7:30 am Breakfast available

8:00 am Welcome and opening remarks

8:30 am Balance and composition discussion for new members

8:45 am Break

OPEN SESSION

9:00 am Welcome and opening remarks from co-chairs

9:05 am The National Ignition Campaign, John Lindl, LLNL

10:00 am Discussion

10:15 am Role of the National Ignition Facility Beyond the
National Ignition Campaign: NNSA Perspective, Chris Deeney, NNSA

10:45 am Discussion

11:00 am LIFE Delivery Plan, Mike Dunne et al, LLNL

12:00 pm Discussion

CLOSED SESSION

12:15 pm Lunch, Committee only

OPEN SESSION

1:00 pm Fast Ignition for Inertial Fusion Energy,
Richard Freeman, Ohio State University

1:45 pm Discussion

2:00 pm Adjourn open session for the day

CLOSED SESSION

2:15 pm Discussion with ICF Target Physics Panel Chair

3:15 pm Committee discussion

6:00 pm Break

6:30 pm Working Dinner, committee only

8:30 pm Adjourn for day


Thursday, March 31, 2011 Location: Pavilion VI

CLOSED SESSION

7:30 am Breakfast

OPEN SESSION

8:00 am Magnetized Target Fusion,
Glen Wurden, LANL, and
Irv Lindemuth, University of Nevada at Reno

8:45 am Discussion

9:00 am Chamber Materials Challenges for Inertial Fusion Energy
Steve Zinkle, ORNL

10:00 am Discussion

10:15 am Break

10:30 am Lessons in Engineering Innovation,
Elon Musk, SpaceX, Tesla Motors, Solar City
(by videoconference)

11:15 am Discussion

11:30 am Public Comment Session

12:30 pm Adjourn open session and break for lunch

CLOSED SESSION

12:30 pm Lunch, Committee only

1:00 pm Committee discussion

5:30 pm Break

6:30 pm Working Dinner, committee only

8:30 pm Adjourn for the day


Friday, April 1, 2011

OPEN SESSION

Site Visit at Sandia National Laboratories

7:20 – 8:00 am Committee travel and badging, Area IV, Building 960

8:00 – 8:30 am Remarks on Sandia and IFE
Steve Rottler,
Vice President Science and Technology and Research Foundations and Chief Technology Officer

8:30 – 10:00 am Various presentations
10:00 – 10:15 am Break

10:15 – 10:25 am Walk to the Z facility, Building 983

10:25 – 10:55 am Tour of the Z facility

11:00 – 11:45 am Mykonos facility

12:00 pm Depart for hotel and meeting adjourns

(The site visit will be 0.25 mile round trip, walking)

Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Ronald C. Davidson
Gerald L. Kulcinski
Charles Baker
Roger Bangerter
Riccardo Betti
Jan Beyea (by telephone)
Franklin Chang-Diaz
Steven C. Cowley
Richard L. Garwin
David Hammer (by telephone)
Joseph S. Hezir
Lawrence T. Papay
Ken Schultz
Andrew M. Sessler
John Sheffield
Thomas Anthony Tombrello
Jr
Dennis G. Whyte (by telephone)
Jonathan S. Wurtele
Rosa Yang
Malcolm McGeoch
Consultant


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Plans and goals for the meeting; presentations; balance and composition discussion for the new participants; input from the community; organization of work; interim report; final report; work plan; next meeting; summary of discussions with LMJ and CEA representatives; statement of task; target physics panel activities and schedule.



The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Biosketches for the speakers; PDFs of NIC public webpages.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
April 12, 2011


Location:

San Ramon Marriott
2600 Bishop Drive
San Ramon, California 94583
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  David Lang
Contact Email:  dlang@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-2395

Agenda

NOTE: 12/27/2010. The below agenda will be updated as the agenda is developed. Updates may include closed sessions.

NOTE: 01/18/2011. The below agenda has been updated to reflect confirmed speakers.

NOTE: 01/21/2011. The below agenda has been updated to reflect a schedule change on 1/30, and to reflect new information regarding speakers.

NOTE: 01/27/2011. The below agenda has been updated to reflect new speaker information and new talk title information.

NOTE: 01/28/2011. The below agenda has been updated to provide the meeting room information.


MEETING AGENDA

Committee on the Prospects for Inertial Confinement Fusion Energy Systems Second Meeting

San Ramon Marriott
2600 Bishop Drive
San Ramon, California 94583


01/29/2011

SALON E

CLOSED SESSION
7:30 am Breakfast

OPEN SESSION
8:00 am Welcome and Opening Remarks
Ron Davidson & Jerry Kulcinski, Co-Chairs

8:15 am Laser-Driven Inertial Fusion Energy; Indirect-Drive Targets
(including Q&A), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Michael Dunne, Edward Moses, Jeff Latkowski, Tom Anklam, LLNL

10:15 am Break

10:30 am Laser-Driven Inertial Fusion Energy; Direct-Drive Targets
(including Q&A)
University of Rochester
Robert McCrory, Stanley Skupsky, Jonathan Zuegel, LLE

CLOSED SESSION
12:30 pm Working Lunch: preparation of questions for Speakers from morning sessions

OPEN SESSION
1:00 pm Krypton-Fluoride-Driven Inertial Fusion Energy
(including Q&A)
Naval Research Laboratory
John Sethian, Stephen Obenschain, NRL

3:00 pm Break

3:15 pm Ion-Beam-Driven Inertial fusion Energy
(including Q&A)
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Grant Logan, LBNL

CLOSED SESSION
4:45 pm Discussion and Preparation of Questions for Speakers from Afternoon Sessions

OPEN SESSION
5:00 pm Question and Answer Session with Speakers on All Driver Concepts

6:00 pm Adjourn open session

CLOSED SESSION
6:00 pm Committee discussion of the day’s talks and other business
7:30 pm Working Dinner
9:00 pm Adjourn for day


01/30/2011

SALON D (note the room change from the previous day)

CLOSED SESSION
7:30 am Breakfast

OPEN SESSION
8:00 am Pulsed-Power Inertial Fusion Energy
(including Q&A)
Sandia National Laboratories
Michael Cuneo, Mark Herrmann, SNL

CLOSED SESSION
9:30 am Discussion and Preparation of Questions for Morning Speaker
OPEN SESSION
9:45 am Questions and Answer Session with Morning Speaker

10:00 am Perspectives from Los Alamos National Laboratory
(including Q&A)
Juan Fernández, LANL

10:45 am Overview of IFE Target Designs
(including Q&A)
John Perkins, LLNL

11:45 am Break for lunch

12:00 pm Overview of Chamber and Power Plant Designs for IFE(including Q&A)
Wayne Meier, LLNL

1:00 pm Target Fabrication and Injection
(including Q&A)
Dan Goodin, General Atomics

2:00 pm Perspective of Stephen Bodner
(including Q&A)
Stephen Bodner

2:45 pm General Question & Answer Period

3:15 pm Public Comment Session

4:15 pm Adjourn open session

CLOSED SESSION
4:00 pm Committee discussion
7:00 pm Working Dinner
8:30 pm Adjourn for day


01/31/2011

OPEN SESSION
8:00 am Site Visit: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
12:30 pm Lunch at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
1:30 pm Site Visit: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
4:00 pm Meeting adjourns
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Ronald C. Davidson
Co-Chair
Princeton University
Gerald L. Kulcinski
Co-Chair
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Charles Baker
University of California
San Diego [Retired]
Roger Bangerter
E. O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory [Retired]
Riccardo Betti
University of Rochester (by telephone)
Jan Beyea
Consulting in the Public Interest
Robert L. Byer
Stanford University
Franklin Chang-Diaz
Ad Astra Rocket Company
Steven C. Cowley
United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority
Richard L. Garwin
IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center (by telephone)
David Hammer
Cornell University (by telephone)
Joseph S. Hezir
EOP Group
Inc.
Kathyrn McCarthy
Idaho National Laboratory
Lawrence T. Papay
PQR
LLC
Ken Schultz
General Atomics
Andrew M. Sessler
E. O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
John Sheffield
The University of Tennessee
Knoxville
Thomas Anthony Tombrello
Jr
California Institute of Technology
Dennis G. Whyte
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Jonathan S. Wurtele
University of California
Berkeley
Rosa Yang
Electric Power Research Institute
Inc.
Malcolm McGeoch
Consultant
PLEX
LLC (by telephone)

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Presentations; questions for presenters; organization of work; interim report; work plan; next meeting; data gathering process; statement of task; communication with and scope of target physics panel.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Comments received from the public. Biosketches for the speakers.


Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
February 04, 2011


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th Street, NW
Washington D.C. 20001

Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Jonathan Yanger
Contact Email:  jyanger@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-1544

Agenda

NOTE: The open session portions of the meeting agenda will be updated to reflect the speakers as they are confirmed. The agenda is subject to change.

NOTE 12/7/2010: The agenda has been updated to reflect the correct beginning of the open session on Dec 16 (at 1:00 pm) and to note the adjournment of the meeting on Dec 17 at 3pm.

NOTE 12/14/2010: The agenda has been updated to reflect changes made as required by speakers' availabilities.

12/16/2010
Closed Session
7:30 am Meeting commences
12:00 pm Lunch

Open Session
1:00 pm Welcome Ron Davidson & Jerry Kulcinski, Co-Chairs
1:15 Perspectives from the DOE Office of Science
Steve Koonin
1:45 Discussion
2:00 Perspectives from NNSA Stockpile Stewardship,
Chris Deeney
2:20 Discussion
2:30 Perspectives from the DOE Office of Fusion Energy
Science, Ed Synakowski & Mark Koepke
3:00 Discussion
3:15 Break
3:30 Findings from the 2003 FESAC report:
"A Plan for the Development of Fusion Energy”
Robert Goldston, Michael Campbell
4:00 Discussion
4:15 Findings from the 2004 FESAC report:
“Review of the Inertial Fusion Energy Program,”
Rulon Linford
4:45 Discussion
5:00 Public Comment Session, Audience
6:00 Meeting adjourns for day

Closed Session
6:30 Working Dinner


12/17/2010
Closed Session
7:30 am
9:00 am

Open Session
9:00 Perspectives from the DOE Office of Science
Bill Brinkman
9:30 Discussion
9:45 Perspectives from NNSA Defense Programs, Donald Cook
10:15 Discussion
10:30 Break
10:45 Challenges to Developing an ICF-based Energy Source,
Harold Forsen
11:15 Discussion
11:30 Perspectives from OSTP, Steve Fetter
11:45 General discussion
12:15 pm Open Session concludes

Closed Session
12:15 pm Committee discussion
3:00 Adjourn
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Davidson
Kulcinski
Baker
Bangerter
Betti
Beyea
Byer
Chang Diaz
Cowley
Hammer
Hezir
McCarthy
Papay
Schultz
Sessler
Sheffield
Tombrello (via teleconference)
Whyte
Wurtele
Yang

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Conflict of Interest and Bias. Report schedule. Statement of task. Comments received from public. Interim report. Project organization. NRC policies.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Comments received from the public.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
December 23, 2010

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