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A Strategic Plan for U.S. Burning Plasma Research


Project Scope:

A committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will be formed to study the state and potential of magnetic confinement-based fusion research in the United States and provide guidance on a long-term strategy for the field. The study will focus on research that supports understanding the magnetically confined burning plasma state but will take a broad view beyond plasma confinement science, and as such consider capabilities such as simulation and materials.  Specifically, the committee will prepare an interim report that will:

1. Describe and assess the current status of U.S. research that supports burning plasma science, including current and planned participation in international activities, and describe international research activities broadly.

2. Assess the importance of U.S. burning plasma research to the development of fusion energy as well as to plasma science and other science and engineering disciplines.
 
The committee will also prepare a final report, building on the interim report, which will:

1. Consider the scientific and engineering challenges and opportunities associated with advancing magnetic confinement fusion as an energy source, including the scientific and technical developments since the 2004 NAS study on burning plasma research. 

2. In two separate scenarios in which, after 2018, (1) the United States is a partner in ITER, and (2) the United States is not a partner in ITER: provide guidance on a long-term strategic plan (covering the next several decades) for a national program of burning plasma science and technology research which includes supporting capabilities and which may include participation in international activities, given the U.S. strategic interest in realizing economical fusion energy in the long term.

In doing the above, the committee will consider the priorities for the next ten years developed by the community and FES that were recently reported to Congress. The committee will also consider the current level of participation by U.S. scientists in international activities as well as what role international collaboration should play over the next 20 years.  The committee will also consider the health of the domestic fusion research sectors (universities, national laboratories, and industry). Elements of any strategic plan for U.S. burning plasma research should ensure that the United States maintains a leadership role in this field.  The committee may assume that economical fusion energy within the next several decades is a U.S. strategic interest.  The committee may take into account how unanticipated events or innovations may necessitate mid-course re-directions.  The committee will use the prior work of the Academies as well as that of FESAC and the domestic and foreign communities in its deliberations. The committee is not to compare fusion as an energy source against other current or potential energy sources. The committee will consider the budget implications of its guidance but will not make recommendations about the budget for burning plasma research itself. The committee will only consider magnetically confined burning plasma research as within its purview. The committee may make recommendations or offer comments on organizational structure and program balance, with accompanying supporting discussion of the evidentiary bases, as appropriate.



Status: Current

PIN: DEPS-BPA-16-04

Project Duration (months): 24 month(s)

RSO: Eyring, Greg

Board(s)/Committee(s):

Board on Physics and Astronomy

Topic(s):

Math, Chemistry, and Physics



Geographic Focus:

Committee Membership

Committee Post Date: 05/26/2017

Michael E. Mauel - (Co-Chair)
MICHAEL MAUEL is a professor of applied physics at Columbia University. He received his B.S (1978), M.S. (1979) and Sc.D. (1983) at MIT. Before joining Columbia in 1985, Dr. Mauel conducted post-doctoral research at MIT using the Tara Tandem Mirror facility. His fields of interest include advanced tokamak operating regimes, feedback techniques to control tokamak instabilities, nonlinear turbulent transport in magnetized plasma including energetic particle modes, and the relationship between laboratory and space plasma physics. In 1995, he was elected a fellow for the American Physical Society. From 2000-2006 he was Chair of the Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics at Columbia. In 2006, he was a Jefferson Science Fellow for the U.S. Department of State. Dr. Mauel has served as a member of several committees in the American Physical Society including chair of the APS Division of Plasma Physics from 2002-2003. He was President of the University Fusion Association from 1997-1998, co-Chair of the 1999 Fusion Summer Study in Snowmass, Chair of the U.S. ITER Forum in 2003, Chair of the U.S. Burning Plasma Council from 2010-2013, and Chair of the National Academies Plasma Science Committee from 2012-2015. He served on several Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (FESAC) activities, including FESAC Office of Fusion Energy Committee of Visitors (2003-2004), FESAC Fusion Major Facilities Panel (2012-2013), FESAC Fusion Priorities Panel (2003-2004 and 2012-2013). He also served as chair of the physics advisory committees for the National Spherical Tokamak Experiment (NSTX) at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and the Alcator C-Mod experiment at MIT. Dr. Mauel received the Rose Award for Excellence in Fusion Engineering in 2000, the Teacher of the Year award from Columbia University's School of Engineering and Applied Science, and Certificates of Appreciation from the U.S. Department of Energy (1989) and the U.S. Department of State (2007). Beginning 2016, Dr. Mauel serves as Editor-in-Chief ofPhysics of Plasmas.
Melvyn J. Shochet - (Co-Chair)
MELVYN SHOCHET [NAS] is Kersten Distinguished Service Professor of Physics at the University of Chicago. Before joining the Enrico Fermi Institute at the University of Chicago in 1972, he received his PhD from Princeton University and his BA from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a founding member for the Collider Detector at Fermilab (CDF) collaboration and served as the collaboration’s spokesman from 1988-1995. His research involves interactions between elementary particles at the highest manmade energies. His most important discovery to date is CDF’s detection of the top quark and the determination of its mass. More recently, he has been involved with the ATLAS collaboration at CERN. He was a member of the HEPAP Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel (P5), and from 2005-2011, he served as chair of HEPAP. He also served on the BPA’s Committee on Elementary Particle Physics from 1995-1998. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Amy E. Wendt
AMY WENDT is a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UW-Madison, where she has been a faculty member since 1990. Her research focus is ionized gas discharges for technological applications. Understanding the behavior of low-temperature plasmas, how they interact with materials substrates and implications for process and system design are the primary goals of her research. Her research group conducts experimental studies with activities including diagnostic development, plasma source design and process development. She is the co-Director of the Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute at UW-Madison, and received the 2015 College of Engineering Equity and Diversity Award. She served on the NRC Plasma Science Committee from 2007 to 2014, the Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (FESAC) from 2017 to 2020 and as chair of the Gaseous Electronics Conference Executive Committee from 2012 to 2014. Professor Wendt received MS and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley and a B.S. in Engineering from Caltech.
Christina A. Back
CHRISTINA BACK is an experimental physicist with expertise in the study of radiation in high energy density plasmas, and the development of novel materials for fusion and fission. Currently, she is the Vice President of Nuclear Technologies and Materials at General Atomics and leads a group developing high-density uranium fuels and advanced fuel cladding materials. She received her B. S. in Physics from Yale in 1984 and earned her Ph.D. in plasma physics from the University of Florida in 1989. After a 2 year postdoc with the CNRS at the Ecole Polytechnique in France, she spent 13 years at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the Inertial Confinement Fusion and High Energy Density Science programs, specializing in radiation transport and spectroscopy. In 2005, she moved to General Atomics where she was worked on target production coordination, development of novel radiation sources, and development of new fuel materials for advanced nuclear reactor. She established a dedicated laboratory for research fabricating and characterizing new fission fuel prototypes, especially those for gas-cooled high temperature reactors. She has served on many American Physics Society (APS) committees and has been elected as a APS General Councillor. Other professional service includes serving on the National Research Council (NRC) Board of Physics and Astronomy Plasma Committee, and as member of the NRC committee to Review the Quality of Science and Engineering Research at the DOE’s National Security Laboratories Phase II (2012). Dr. Back is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.
Riccardo Betti
RICCARDO BETTI is the Professor of Physics and Mechanical Engineering and of Physics and Astronomy, Director of the Fusion Science Center of Extreme States of Matter and Fast Ignition, and Scientist at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics at the University of Rochester. He received his Ph.D. from MIT in 1992 in nuclear engineering. His primary expertise is in the theory of high-temperatures plasmas, be they inertially or magnetically confined for fusion. Dr. Betti is a member of the interdisciplinary High Energy Density Plasma program at Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics. His research focuses on the kinetic and magnetohydrodynamic stability studies of tokamak plasmas both analytically and numerically; he also studies the hydrodynamic stability of the imploding capsules for inertial confinement fusion. Dr. Betti is a member of DOE’s Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee and was the vice chair of a recent DOE review of inertial fusion energy, as well as many other review panels. Dr. Betti served as a member and chair of the NRC’s Plasma Science Committee, the Committee on the Prospects for Inertial Confinement Fusion Energy Systems, and the Board on Physics and Astronomy. Dr. Betti is a fellow of the American Physical Society.
Ian Chapman
IAN CHAPMAN is the CEO of the UK Atomic Energy Authority and Head of the CCFE. His primary research interests are in understanding and controlling macroscopic instabilities in fusion plasmas. Ian Chapman was previously the head of tokamak science and led the stability program within tokamak science. He has also held a number of international roles in fusion. He was a task force leader for JET from 2012 to 2014. He was appointed a member of the program advisory committee for US experiment NSTX-U in 2013. He has chaired international working groups for ITER and led work packages within the EU fusion program. He received his Ph.D. in Plasma Physics from the Imperial College and M.Sci. in Mathematics and Physics from University of Durham.
Cary B. Forest
CARY FOREST is a professor in the Physics Department at the University of Wisconsin Madison. He obtained his Ph.D. in Astrophysical Science-Plasma Physics from Princeton University in 1992. His research interests focus on understanding how electrical currents and magnetic fields are generated in fusion plasmas and in turbulent flows of liquid metals, with applications to astrophysical and terrestrial plasmas, basic plasmas, and fusion science. He spent five years working at General Atomics as a scientist, where his work focused on studies of plasma resistivity, non-inductive current drive, rf heating of plasmas and MHD instabilities in tokamak plasmas. He has served as director of the NSF Physics Frontier Center for Magnetic Self-Organization. He served as chair of the APS Division of Plasma Physics. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society. He has served as chair of the National Academies’ Plasma Science Committee (2003-2006) and as a member of the Committee to Review a Plan Prepared by the U.S. Burning Plasma Organization for U.S. Fusion Community Participation in the ITER Program.
T. Kenneth Fowler
T. KENNETH FOWLER [NAS] is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Nuclear Engineering, University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Fowler received his BE in electrical engineering from Vanderbilt University in 1953, MS in physics from Vanderbilt in 1955, and Ph. D. in theoretical physics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1957. Before joining the Berkeley faculty in 1988, he spent thirty years in fusion energy research at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, at General Atomics, and finally at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he served as an Associate Director of the Laboratory and head of magnetic fusion energy research from 1970 to 1987. During 1987-1988, he was U. S. Representative on the Working Group that initiated the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor now known as ITER and under construction in France. He has served on numerous governmental and academic committees and served as Chair of the Department of Nuclear Engineering at Berkeley from 1988 to 1994. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1987. He is also a fellow of the California Council on Science and Technology that advises the Governor and Legislature on science important to the State. His honors include the Distinguished Service Citation from the University of Wisconsin in 1981 and the Berkeley Citation in 1995.
Jeffrey P. Freidberg
JEFFREY P. FREIDBERG is the KEPCO Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Previously he was the head of the Nuclear Science and Engineering Department at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also formerly served as the Associate Director of MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center. Before coming to MIT he was the leader of the magnetic fusion theory group at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Professor Freidberg’s main areas of expertise are theoretical plasma physics and fusion reactor design. He has published three textbooks in these areas. He has served on, and chaired many DoE fusion review panels. He earned his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (now New York University Tandon School of Engineering).
Ronald Gilgenbach
RON GILGENBACH is the chair and Chihiro Kikuchi Collegiate Professor in the Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences Department at the University of Michigan. He is also an associate editor of the journal Physics of Plasmas.
He earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia
University in 1978, and a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Wisconsin. In the early 1970's he spent several years as a Member
of the Technical Staff at Bell Labs. From 1978-1980, he performed gyrotron research at the Naval Research Lab (NRL) and performed the first electron cyclotron heating experiments on a tokamak plasma in the USA at Oak RidgeNational Laboratory. Dr. Gilgenbach joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 1980 and became Director of the Plasma, Pulsed Power and
Microwave Laboratory. He received the UM College of Engineering Research Award in 1993, the NSF Presidential Young Investigator
Award (1984) and the 1997 Plasma Sciences and Applications Committee (PSAC) Award from the IEEE, served as PSAC Chair in 2007-2008 and received an Outstanding Young Engineer Award from the American Nuclear Society. He is a fellow of the IEEE and the American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics. He is an Associate Editor of the journal, Physics of Plasmas.
William Heidbrink
WILLIAM HEIDBRINK is a professor of experimental plasma physics at the University of California in Irvine. After working as a staff member on the TFTR tokamak (Princeton) and the DIII-D tokamak (General Atomics), he joined the UCI Physics Department in 1988. Professor Heidbrink studies high energy "fast" ions in magnetic fusion experiments. Instabilities that are driven unstable by the free energy in the fast-ion population are a major area of study. Other important topics include diagnostic development and measurements of fast-ion confinement. The research is conducted on two facilities. The DIII-D tokamak in San Diego is the leading magnetic fusion facility in the USA. Professor Heidbrink earned his B.A. degree from the University of California, San Diego and Ph.D. from Princeton University. He was named a fellow of the American Physical Society in 1996. In 2004, he received the Excellence in Plasma Physics Research award from the American Physical Society.
Mark Herrmann
MARK HERRMANN is the director of the National Ignition Facility and Photon Science at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Prior to joining LLNL, he was in Sandia National Laboratories, where he served as director of the Pulsed Power Sciences Center. Besides serving as director, Herrmann held several key leadership and management roles in the Pulsed Power Sciences Center at Sandia, including senior manager of the HED Science and Radiation and Fusion Physics groups, and manager of the ICF Target Design Department. Under his leadership, Sandia’s Z Facility delivered key results for the Stockpile Stewardship Program that have been widely recognized throughout the NNSA complex and by external stakeholders. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and has been recognized with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and the Fusion Power Associates Excellence in Fusion Engineering award. He received his Ph.D. in plasma physics from Princeton University.
Frank Jenko
FRANK JENKO is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a Director at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics. As of January 2017, he is a scientific fellow and head of the Tokamak Theory Division at the Planck Institute for Plasma Physics. His awards include a Starting Grant of the European Research Council (2011), the Hans Werner Osthoff Plasma Physics Prize awarded by the University of Greifswald (2004) and the Otto Hahn Medal conferred by the Max Planck Society (1999). He has been serving as a member of the editorial boards of Computer Physics Communications, Journal of Plasma Physics, and New Journal of Physics, as a co-director of the International Helmholtz Graduate School for Plasma Physics, and as a member of the steering committee of the Max-Planck/Princeton Center for Plasma Physics. He co-pioneered the development and application of grid-based numerical techniques for the investigation of kinetic turbulence in magnetized plasmas. Since then, his computer simulation code GENE has been playing a key role for analyzing both laboratory and natural plasmas, standing at the forefront of high performance computing. Frank Jenko obtained his Ph.D. in physics from the Technische Universität München (TUM).
Stanley Kaye
STANLEY KAYE is a principal research physicist, head of the NSTX Physics Analysis, and deputy program director for NSTX at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). He is considered a pioneering investigator of the characteristics of strongly heated plasmas confined by magnetic fields. Kaye received a Bachelor's degree in physics and math from Hamilton College, a Master's degree in geophysics and space physics from the University of Washington, and a Ph.D. in space plasma physics from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Mitsuru Kikuchi
MITSURU KIKUCHI is a senior expert at the Naka Fusion Institute, Fusion Research and Development Directorate, National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology. He joined the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute in 1981 and was director of JT-60 and supreme researcher in Naka Fusion Institute. He has held visiting professorships at Kyoto University, Kyushu University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He has served as chairman of the Board of Editors of Nuclear Fusion. He is chair of the Division of Plasma Physics of the Association of Asia Pacific Physical Societies and guest professor of Osaka University (Japan) and and visiting professor of Southwestern Institute of Physics (China) and the Modern Physics Institute at Fudan University (China). He received his Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering in 1981 from the University of Tokyo.
Susana Reyes
SUSANA REYES is a nuclear engineer at Berkeley Lab with over 17 years of experience in international fusion projects. Until recently, she lead LLNL’s fusion energy science efforts for safety and tritium research, as well as supporting the National Ignition Facility (NIF) Directorate in various Project Engineering and Strategic Planning activities. Dr. Reyes earned an M.Sci. in Power Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid in 1998, and a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the UNED University in Madrid in 2001. Dr. Reyes joined LLNL's Fusion Energy Program in 1999 to work on the safety analysis of inertial fusion energy power plant designs. Since then, she has participated in the design, construction, and operation of a variety of fusion research projects, including the NIF in LLNL, and the ITER Organization in Cadarache (France), where she supported the project through the coordination of safety analyses and associated documentation in preparation for ITER licensing. Her current interests are focused on the safety and environmental aspects of fusion and the fuel cycle challenges for future fusion power plants. Dr. Reyes is the recipient of the 2012 American Nuclear Society (ANS) Mary Jane Oestmann Professional Women’s Achievement Award, and the 2015 Fusion Power Associates Excellence 9 in Fusion Engineering Award, for her contributions to the safety and environmental aspects of both magnetic fusion energy (MFE) and inertial fusion energy (IFE) facilities. She recently served as chair of the American Nuclear Society’s Fusion Energy Division.
C. Paul Robinson
C. PAUL ROBINSON [NAE] is the vice-chairman of the Board of Directors of ARC. In 1987, he was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to be the U.S. Ambassador and Chief Negotiator for the nuclear testing talks in Geneva, Switzerland, and also served in this post under President George H.W. Bush. He spent most of his career at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories, becoming President of Sandia Corporation in 1995. Dr. Robinson was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1998 and has served on many Academies committees. He received the Outstanding Public Service Medal from the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Smyth Nuclear Statesman Award from the American Nuclear Society, the American Physical Society Pake Prize, the New Mexico Governor’s Distinguished Citizen Award, and the Department of Energy Secretary’s Gold Award. He has also served as a trustee of the Kazakhstan Nonproliferation Institute. Dr. Robinson earned a B.S. in Physics from Christian Brothers College and a Ph.D. in Physics from Florida State University.
Philip Snyder
PHIL SNYDER is the director of the Theory and Computational Science group for General Atomics’ Energy And Advanced Concepts Group. He joined the General Atomics Theory and Computational Science Division in 1999, and became manager of the Turbulence and Transport group in 2010. His recent research has focused on the edge region of fusion plasmas, particularly the physics of the edge transport in tokamaks. Dr. Snyder has served as chair of the Sherwood Executive Committee and the Edge Coordinating Committee, and is currently Principal Investigator of the Edge Simulation Laboratory project. He is a fellow of the APS and a recipient of the 2004 Rosenbluth Award for Fusion Theory, the 2013 John Dawson Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research, and the 2014 International Atomic Energy Agency Nuclear Fusion Prize. Dr. Philip Snyder holds a B.S. in computational physics from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Plasma Physics from Princeton University.
Brian D. Wirth
BRIAN D. WIRTH is a professor and Governor’s Chair of Computational Nuclear Engineering in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, which he joined in July 2010. Dr. Wirth spent four years in the High Performance Computational Materials Science Group at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he lead efforts to investigate the microstructural stability of structural materials in nuclear environments. In 2002 he joined the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley as an Assistant Professor of Nuclear Engineering and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2006. He has received a number of awards, including the Fusion Power Associates David J. Rose Excellence in Fusion Engineering Award, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the DOE Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award, and the ANS Mishima Award. In 2016, he was named a fellow of the AAAS. Brian received a BS in nuclear engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Committee on a Strategic Plan for U.S. Burning Plasma Research
April 11-13, 2018

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
100 Stellarator Road
Princeton, NJ 08540 U.S.A.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Conference Room LSB-B318, PPPL

OPEN SESSION

9:00 Welcome from PPPL and Discussion of Agenda Committee and PPPL Leadership

9:15 Overview Vision of PPPL in Long-Term Fusion Strategy Mike Zarnstorff, PPPL

9:45 Options and Strategies towards Fusion Net-Electricity Jon Menard, PPPL

10:30 NSTX-U Research and Operation Plan Stefan Gerhardt, PPPL

11:15 Break

11:30 Advanced Scientific Computing Strategy for Fusion Amitava Bhattacharjee, PPPL

12:15 PM Lunch Committee and Staff

12:15 Trying for Upside Potential in Controlling Fusion Nat Fisch, PPPL

CLOSED SESSION

1:30 Committee Discussion Committee and Staff

OPEN SESSION

6:30 Committee dinner Committee, Staff, and Guests

8:00 Adjourn for the day


Thursday, April 12, 2018
Conference Room LSB-B318, PPPL

CLOSED SESSION

8:30 Committee Discussion

OPEN SESSION

12:30 European Stellarator Program Thomas Klinger, Max-Planck-Institute for Plasma Physics

1:00 High-Field Development Strategy for Fusion Martin Greenwald, MIT

1:45 Investor-MIT Partnership for Fusion Development Bob Mumgaard, CFS

2:15 Strategic Prospects for HTS Magnets for Fusion Soren Prestemon, LBNL

3:00 Break

3:15 Plasma-Materials and Divertor Options for Fusion Juergen Rapp ORNL

4:00 Liquid Metal Technology Strategy for Fusion Mike Jaworski, PPPL

4:45 Public comment

CLOSED SESSION

5:00 PM Committee Discussion Committee and Staff

6:00 Tour of NSTX-U and PPPL Laboratory Committee and Staff

7:30 Adjourn (dinner on your own)


Friday, April 13, 2018
Conference Room LSB-B318, PPPL

CLOSED SESSION

8:30 AM Committee Discussion Committee and Staff

3:00 PM Adjourn



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Michael Mauel
Columbia University
Co-Chair
Melvyn Shochet
University of Chicago
Co-Chair
Riccardo Betti
University of Rochester
Cary Forest
University of Wisconsin
Madison
T. Kenneth Fowler
University of California
Berkeley
Jeffrey Freidberg
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ronald Gilgenbach
University of Michigan
William Heidbrink
University of California
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Mark Herrmann
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Frank Jenko
University of California
Los Angeles
Stanley Kaye
Princeton University
Mitsuru Kikuchi
National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology
Susana Reyes
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
C. Paul Robinson
Advanced Reactor Concepts
LLC
Philip Snyder
General Atomics
Amy Wendt
University of Wisconsin
Madison
Brian Wirth
University of Tennessee
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This meeting is entirely closed.
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Michael Mauel
Columbia University
Co-Chair
Melvyn Shochet
University of Chicago
Co-Chair
Cary Forest
University of Wisconsin
Madison
T. Kenneth Fowler
University of California
Berkeley
Ronald Gilgenbach
University of Michigan
Mark Herrmann
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Frank Jenko
University of California
Los Angeles
Stanley Kaye
Princeton University
Philip Snyder
General Atomics
Amy Wendt
University of Wisconsin
Madison
Brian Wirth
University of Tennessee
Knoxville

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March Open Video Sessions: Stellarator Research Strategy
Time: 11 AM - 1 PM EDT
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Oliver Schmitz (Univ Wisc)
https://directory.engr.wisc.edu/ep/Faculty/Schmitz_Oliver/
Topic: Opportunities for next-step stellarator research

Sam Lazerson (PPPL)
https://theory.pppl.gov/people/profile.php?pid=20&n=Samuel-Lazerson
Topic: Strategic Opportunities for International Stellarator Research

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MEETING AGENDA

Committee on a Strategic Plan for U.S. Burning Plasma Research
February 26-28, 2018

General Atomics
3550 General Atomics Court
San Diego, CA 92121-1122


Monday, February 26, 2018
GA Conference Room

OPEN SESSION


9:00 AM Welcome from General Atomics and Discussion of Agenda
Committee and GA Leadership

9:15 AM Vision for Fusion Research at General Atomics
Richard Buttery, GA

10:15 Research Plans of the DIII-D National Team
Dave Hill, GA

11:15 Break

11:30 Strategic elements/Approaches of the U.S. Fusion Program
Mickey Wade, GA

12:15 PM Lunch and General Discussion
Committee, Staff, and Guests

1:30 Japanese Fusion Energy Strategy
Yuichi Ogawa, Univ. Tokyo

2:30 Republic of Korea Fusion Energy Strategy (via remote video)
Yong-Seok Hwang, Seoul National Univ.

3:30 Break

4:00 Break and depart for tour of DIII-D facility (90 min total)

6:30 Committee dinner
Committee, Staff, and Guests

8:00 Adjourn for the day


Tuesday, February 27, 2018
GA Conference Room

CLOSED SESSION

8:30 AM Committee Discussion

10:00 Break

10:15 Committee Discussion
Committee and ITER Staff

12:00 PM Lunch
Committee and ITER Staff


OPEN SESSION

1:30 Capability and prospects of Private-Sector Fusion Ventures
Michl Binderbauer, TAE

2:30 Research & Strategy for Development of FNST, Blankets, & Tritium Fuel Cycle
Mohamed Abdou, UCLA

3:30 Break

3:45 Chinese Fusion Energy Strategy (via remote video)
Jiangang Li, Director, ASIPP

4:45 Public comment

CLOSED SESSION

5:00 PM Committee Discussion

6:00 Adjourn for day



Wednesday, February 28, 2018
GA Conference Room

CLOSED SESSION

8:30 AM Committee Discussion


OPEN SESSION

9:00 Depart for Magnet Technology Center (Poway, CA)

11:00 Return to GA

CLOSED SESSION

11:00 AM Committee Discussion

12:00 Working Committee Lunch

1:00 Committee Discussion

3:00 Adjourn



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Supporting File(s)
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Is it a Closed Session Event?
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Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

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

Michael Mauel
Columbia University
Co-Chair
Melvyn Shochet
University of Chicago
Co-Chair (remotely)
Christina Back
General Atomics
Riccardo Betti
University of Rochester
Ian Chapman
UK Atomic Energy Authority (remotely)
Cary Forest
University of Wisconsin
Madison
T. Kenneth Fowler
University of California
Berkeley
Jeffrey Freidberg
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ronald Gilgenbach
University of Michigan (remotely)
William Heidbrink
University of California
Irvine
Mark Herrmann
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Frank Jenko
University of California
Los Angeles
Stanley Kaye
Princeton University
Mitsuru Kikuchi
National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology
Susana Reyes
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
C. Paul Robinson
Advanced Reactor Concepts
LLC
Philip Snyder
General Atomics
Amy Wendt
University of Wisconsin
Madison
Brian Wirth
University of Tennessee
Knoxville

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

meeting presentations; next meetings; writing assignments; schedule and workplan

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

ITER Site, Cadarche, France
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Agenda

Committee on a Strategic Plan for U.S. Burning Plasma Research
February 1-2, 2018

ITER
Route de Vinon-sur-Verdon
CS 90 046-13067
St Paul Lez Durance Cedex
France

Thursday, February 1, 2018
ITER Council Room

OPEN SESSION

8:00 Shuttle departs from Hotel Cezanne for ITER Site

9:00 Welcome from ITER Organization Bernard Bigot, Director-General

9:15 Opening Remarks, Introductions, and Discussion of Agenda Michael Mauel and Melvyn Shochet,
Committee Co-Chairs

9:30 Foundation of the EUROfusion Consortium Sibylle Guenter, Max Planck Institut für Plasmaphysik

10:30 Break

11:00 Strategic Plan of the European Fusion Consortium Tony Donné, EUROfusion

12:00 Lunch and General Discussion

13:30 European DEMO design activities Gianfranco Federici, EUROfusion

14:30 Break

15:00 Overview of ITER Project and International Organization Bernard Bigot, Director-General, ITER

16:00 The Science of ITER Tim Luce, Head of Science and Operations, ITER

17:00 General Discussion All

18:00 Break and depart for dinner;
Shuttle departs from ITER Site for Hotel Cezanne

19:00 Committee dinner Committee, Staff, and Guests
Le Jardin Mazarin
5 Rue du 4 Septembre, Aix-en-Provence

21:00 Adjourn for the day

Friday, February 2, 2018
ITER Council Room

OPEN SESSION

8:00 Shuttle departs from Hotel Cezanne for ITER Site

9:00 Tour of ITER Worksite Bernard Bigot, Director-General, ITER

10:30 Break

10:45 ITER Engineering Science and Breakthroughs Gyung-Su Lee, Deputy Director-General, ITER

11:45 Lunch

13:15 Project Management Hans-Henrich Altfeld, Head of Project Control Office, ITER

14:15 Summary and Conclusion Bernard Bigot, Director-General, ITER

14:30 Break

CLOSED SESSION – COMMITTEE MEMBERS & STAFF ONLY

15:00 Committee discussion Committee

16:00 Adjourn and depart for hotel/airport;
Shuttle departs from ITER Site to Hotel Cezanne

Dinner on own
Supporting File(s)
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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:

Michael Mauel
Columbia University
Co-Chair
Melvyn Shochet
University of Chicago
Co-Chair
Ian Chapman
UK Atomic Energy Authority
Cary Forest
University of Wisconsin
Madison
T. Kenneth Fowler
University of California
Berkeley
Ronald Gilgenbach
University of Michigan
Frank Jenko
University of California
Los Angeles
Stanley Kaye
Princeton University (remotely)
Mitsuru Kikuchi
National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology
Susana Reyes
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Amy Wendt
University of Wisconsin
Madison

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

schedule; report writing; meeting

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

none

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
February 20, 2018
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Austin, TX
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
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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

Friday, December 15, 2017

OPEN SESSION

8:00 AM Participate in US Magnetic Fusion Research Strategic Directions Workshop /
Reports of Breakout Session and Workshop Summary
10:30 Break
12:30 PM Workshop Concludes

CLOSED SESSION

8:00 AM Committee discussion
12:30 PM Working Lunch - Welcome and updates from the committee

OPEN SESSION

1:30 Further Context for NAS Burning Plasma Study, Jim Van Dam, DOE-Fusion Energy Sciences
2:15 Paths forward for fusion, Dennis Whyte, MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center
3:00 Strategic Plan for Burning Plasma Research, Richard Hawryluk, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
3:45 Public discussion
4:30 Break

CLOSED SESSION

5:00 Committee discussion
6:30 Break and depart for dinner

OPEN SESSION

7:00 Committee dinner
9:00 Adjourn for the day

Saturday, December 16, 2017

CLOSED SESSION

8:30 Committee discussion
2:00 PM Adjourn
Supporting File(s)
-
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:

Michael Mauel
Columbia University
Co-Chair
Melvyn Shochet
University of Chicago
Co-Chair
Christina Back
General Atomics
Ian Chapman
UK Atomic Energy Authority
Cary Forest
University of Wisconsin
Madison
T. Kenneth Fowler
University of California
Berkeley
Jeffrey Freidberg
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
William Heidbrink
University of California
Irvine
Mark Herrmann
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Frank Jenko
University of California
Los Angeles
Stanley Kaye
Princeton University
Mitsuru Kikuchi
National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology
Susana Reyes
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
C. Paul Robinson
Advanced Reactor Concepts
LLC
Philip Snyder
General Atomics
Amy Wendt
University of Wisconsin
Madison
Brian Wirth
University of Tennessee
Knoxville

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

interim report; final report; data gathering; future meetings; recent workshop

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

none

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
December 21, 2017
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center
100 Academy Way, Irvine, CA 92617
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
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Registration for in Person Attendance :   
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Contact Name:  David Lang
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Contact Phone:  202-334-2395

Agenda
Beckman Center of the National Academies
100 Academy Way
Irvine, California 92617


August 29, 2017

CLOSED SESSION

8:00 AM Breakfast

9:00 AM Committee discussion

OPEN SESSION

9:30 AM
Perspectives from the U.S. ITER Project, Ned Sauthoff, Oak Ridge National Lab
Perspectives from the ITER Organization, Bernard Bigot, Director General

10:30 AM
Break

11:00 AM
Perspective on Fusion Energy Strategy, Stewart Prager, Princeton University

12:00 PM
Lunch

1:00 PM
Perspective on Fusion Energy Strategy, Tony Taylor, General Atomics

2:00 PM
Perspectives from University Fusion Associates, David Maurer, Auburn University

3:00 PM
Break

3:30 PM
Perspectives from the Virtual Laboratory for Technology, Phil Ferguson, Oak Ridge National Lab

4:30 PM
Public comments

CLOSED SESSION

5:00 PM Discussion

OPEN SESSION

6:30 PM Dinner

8:30 PM Adjourn for the day


August 30

CLOSED SESSION

8:30 AM Committee discussion

6:00 PM Adjourn for the day


August 31

CLOSED SESSION

8:30 AM Committee discussion

2:00 PM Adjourn



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Status of the interim report and plans for the Irvine meeting.

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Agenda
Teleconference meeting. This meeting is closed in its entirety.
Supporting File(s)
-
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:

-Michael Mauel
Columbia University
Co-Chair
-Melvyn Shochet
University of Chicago
Co-Chair
-Christina Back
General Atomics
-Riccardo Betti
University of Rochester
-Ian Chapman
UK Atomic Energy Authority
-Cary Forest
University of Wisconsin
Madison
-T. Kenneth Fowler
University of California
Berkeley
-Jeffrey Freidberg
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ronald Gilgenbach
University of Michigan
-William Heidbrink
University of California
Irvine
-Mark Herrmann
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
-Frank Jenko
University of California
Los Angeles
-Stanley Kaye
Princeton University
-Mitsuru Kikuchi
National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology
Susana Reyes
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
-C. Paul Robinson
Advanced Reactor Concepts
LLC
-Philip Snyder
General Atomics
-Amy Wendt
University of Wisconsin
Madison
-Brian Wirth
University of Tennessee
Knoxville

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

upcoming meeting; general topics

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

none

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
August 25, 2017
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


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Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
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Agenda
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June 5, 2017

CLOSED SESSION

8:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 Discussion
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Discussion

OPEN SESSION

1:45 Reconvene
2:00 Perspective from DOE Fusion Energy Sciences, Ed Synakowski, DOE FES
3:00 Break
3:15 Perspectives from Capitol Hill, Adam Rosenberg and Emily Domenech, House Science, Space, and Technology
4:00 Perspectives from the U.S. Burning Plasma Organization, Chuck Greenfield, General Atomics, and Amanda Hubbard, MIT
5:00 Open public comments
5:30 Break

CLOSED SESSION

6:30 Committee dinner
8:30 Adjourn for the day


June 6, 2017

CLOSED SESSION

This day is held entirely in closed session.



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