Next Step Option (NSO) Program Advisory Committee Background Information
The NSO Program Advisory Committee held its first meeting July 20-21, 2000 at General Atomics, San Diego, CA. The meeting was held in Building 7, Room 120 and began at 8:30 am on July 20.
We are posting background material and the presentations for the NSO PAC meeting on this page. This material will be updated as required. Please send suggestions for information or your comments for posting as an email attachment to Dale Meade. Additional background material on the FIRE Physics Program and Engineering Design, burning plasma experiments and fusion can be found at the FIRE home page.
Presentations to the NSO PAC
These talks are being prepared and will be posted prior to the PAC meeting as they become available . Background material is also provided in a following section. The recent EPS paper is a good quick summary.
Fusion Plasma Science and NSO Dale Meade. This is to stimulate a discussion of Scientific Benefits and Readiness for a Burning Plasma Experiment. (18 pages, 700kB, pdf)
Status of FIRE Dale Meade. These Vgs have been modified and reorganized to address the anticipated NSO PAC Charge. (38 pages, 1.4 MB, pdf)
Physics Regimes and Issues for FIRE Steve Jardin. Presentation for the PAC. (27 pages, 392 kB, pdf)
Physics Modeling of the FIRE Edge Plasma Michael Ulrickson. Presentation for the PAC. (21 pages, 570 kB, pdf)
Engineering Status Summary Richard Thome and the FIRE Engineering Team. Presentation for the PAC. (33 pages, 2.0 MB, pdf)
Design of the FIRE Plasma Facing Components Michael Ulrickson. Presentation for the PAC. (35 pages, 1.6 MB, pdf)
FIRE Engineering Design Report R.Thome, P Heitzenroeder et al. This report describes the engineering analysis done on FIRE over the past 20 months by the National FIRE Design Team. (3.8 MB, bookmarked pdf)
Scientific Value of a Burning Plasma Experiment and Scientific Readiness to Proceed
This topic is likely to be an important part of the NSO PAC discussions. This area will be used to collect papers and comments on this issue.
Physics of Burning Plasmas, Physics Inaccessible to Present Facilities F. Perkins (30 kB pdf) April 2000
Burning Plasma Physics Working Group Summary (130KB, pdf). The first three sections (29 pages) of the report describe the burning plasma science issues, the need for a burning plasma experiment to resolve these issues and the technical readiness to proceed.
The Performance Measures and Metrics to proceed to the Next Stage for conventional and advanced tokamaks developed at Snowmass (960 kB pdf) August 1999
FIRE Diagnostics Ken Young (144 kB pdf) April 2000
FIRE and the Multi-Machine Strategy
The Secretary of Energy Advisory Board(SEAB) Task Force on Fusion Energy review of the U. S. fusion program noted that "A necessary next major scientific step is the exploration of the physics of a burning plasma. At the present time only the tokamak is sufficiently advanced as to assure the necessary confinement in such an experiment." The National Research Council Assessment of Fusion Science(FuSAC) Interim Report identified several critical unresolved fusion science issues: (1) turbulence and transport, (2) energy density limits and (3) integrated physics of self-heated plasmas. The goal of FIRE is to address the critical scientific issues of a magnetically confined fusion plasma identified by SEAB and FuSAC within the next decade using the most cost-effective approach. Success in FIRE would serve as a "Stepping Stone" to provide the scientific foundation needed for an attractive fusion energy source as envisioned by the Advanced Reactor Innovation Evaluation Study (ARIES) .
- A Next Step Burning Plasma Experiment The Litmus Test for Fusion Science (8 pages, 644 kB pdf) to be presented at the Annual Fusion Power Associates meeting July 17, 2000
- Physics Basis for the Fusion Ignition Research Experiment (FIRE) (170 kB, pdf) a paper by the FIRE Team presented at the European Physical Society Conference on Controlled Fusion June 15, 2000 in Budapest, Hungary. A four page summary of FIRE.
- Fusion Ignition Research Experiment FIRE on the Mountain , a summary of FIRE written for the Special Snowmass Issue of Comments on Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, Vol.2(2), pp81-97, 2000 (144 kB, pdf)
- Road Map for a Modular Magnetic Fusion Program Modular Road Map Journal of Fusion Energy, Vol. 17, No. 2, p 125 June 2000 (121kB, pdf)
- Burning Plasma Science-FESAC Two Pager (65KB, pdf) April, 1999
- Burning Plasma Options-FESAC Two Pager (40KB, pdf) April, 1999
- Grunder Panel Report to FESAC (25KB, pdf) January, 1998
- Modular Strategy July 1998 (90KB, pdf) Excerpt from the Next Step Options Report July 1998
- Forum for Major Next-Step Fusion Experiments Summary, (480KB, pdf) Madison, May 1, 1998
Advanced Tokamak Program Plan and Metrics
Summary of Critical Issues and Action Session from the FIRE Physics Workshop May 1-3, 2000
- Confinement Paul Rutherford (13 kB pdf) May 2000
- MHD Stability and Advanced Tokamak Modes Steve Jardin (66 kB pdf) May 2000
- Plasma Facing Components and Disruptions Mike Ulrickson and John Wesley (63 kB pdf) May 2000
- Fast Particles Raffi Nazikian (54 kB pdf) May 2000
- Heating, Current Drive, Operations and Diagnostics Dale Meade (3 kB pdf) May 2000
- Plans for Follow Up Dale Meade (2 kB pdf) May 2000
ITER-FEAT and the One Step to DEMO Strategy
- Thermonuclear Fusion Energy : Assessment and Next Step by Rene Pellat, High Commissioner at the French Atomic Energy and Chairman of the CCE-FU, at the Energy and Environment Conference Nuclear and Renewable Energy in Rome March 8 - 9, 2000 (250 kB, pdf)
- ITER-FEAT Outline Design Report ITER-FEAT (1.3 MB, pdf) March 2000. Additional information on ITER-FEAT activities can be found at the ITER web site.
- ITER Physics Basis , a comprehensive report on the status of tokamak research as published in Nuclear Fusion Vol 39, No 12, December 1999. The online version requires a password that can be found on the front page of your library copy of a recent issue of Nuclear Fusion. A limited number of hard copies of the report (527 pages) are available from Ned Sauthoff.
US Fusion Policy and Recent Reviews
- Draft FESAC Report on Integrated Program Planning Activity (IPPA) to be discussed at the FESAC meeting July 18-19 at San Diego(490 kB, pdf)July 5, 2000
- FESAC Panel on Priorities and Balance Report including Letter to DOE, Final(110KB, pdf) September 20, 1999
- National Research Council Assessment of Fusion Science, FuSAC Interim Report (340KB, pdf) September 10, 1999
- SEAB Task Force on Fusion Energy, Final Report (540KB, pdf) August 9, 1999. Presentations by the fusion community to SEAB include U.S. Fusion Energy Sciences Program (1.7MB, pdf),
Magnetic Fusion Energy: Status and Opportunities(3.3MB, pdf),
MFE Program Presentations and
IFE Program Presentations.
Snowmass Fusion Summer Study Summary Proceedings and Summary Presentations
- Complete Proceedings
- Reflections on Fusion's History and Implications for Fusion's Future. R. Conn. Plenary Presentation at Snowmass(95KB, pdf)
- Burning Plasma Physics Working Group Summary (130KB, pdf)
- FIRE (153KB, pdf)
- IGNITOR (240KB, pdf)
- ITER-RC (440KB, pdf)
- JET Upgrade (183KB, pdf)
- Integration and Metrics Report for all Concepts(1.3 MB, pdf)
- Magnetic Fusion Concepts Working Group Summary (270KB, pdf)
- Long Term Visions for Fusion Power Working Group Summary (120KB, pdf)
- Energy Development Path Working Group Summary (42KB, pdf)
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