UFA Workshop on Burning Plasma Science Background Information

Updated June 13, 2001


The second University Fusion Association Burning Plasma Science Workshop, BPS II, was held May 1-3, 2001 at General Atomics in San Diego. Most of the presentations are available below. Additional information is available on the BPS II website.

Working Draft Summary of the First UFA Burning Plasma Workshop Updated, April 18, 2001.

Presentations at the Second UFA Workshop

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Agenda (8 kB pdf)

Why we are here? R. Parker (12 kB pdf)

Summary of the First UFA Burning Plasma Science Workshop G. Navratil (404 kB pdf)

Science and Technology Issues and Opportunities for a Burning Plasma Science Experiment J. Wesley (1.2 MB pdf)

Ignition/Burn is a Done Deal - Or is It ?,The Experience of Fission’s "Ignition/Burn" Experiment L. J. Perkins (544 kB pdf)

Optimal Aspect Ratio for a Next Step Experiment, R. Stambaugh R. D. Stambaugh (1.2 MB pdf)

ARIES Presentations

Present Experiment Presentations

FIRE Presentations

ITER Presentations

IGNITOR Presentations

Burning Plasma Physics Presentations

Burning Plasma Technology Presentations

Summary Session Presentations

FIRE Background Material for the Second UFA Workshop

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FIRE Background material

Confinement, Transport, MHD - Performance

Flexibility and AT Scenarios

Power and Particle Control

Heating and Current Drive


Technology Issues for A Next Step burning Plasma Experiment

ANS 14th Topic Meeting on the Technology of Energy, October 15-19, 2000

Recent FIRE Papers at IAEA , SOFT, EPS, Comments on Plasma Physics, Fusion Engineering Design

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The 1st UFA BPS Workshop, December 11-13, 2000

The University Fusion Association (UFA) held a Workshop on Burning Plasma Science on December 11-13 at the University of Texas at Austin. Additional information can be found at the Workshop website .

Plenary Session

Energetic Alpha Particle Physics Breakout Group

Self-Heating, Confinement and Transport at Reactor Scale Breakout Group

Macroscopic Stability in a Self-heated Burning Plasma Breakout Group

Boundary Science in a Self-heated Burning Plasma Breakout Group

Burning Plasma Science in Non-Fusion Fields Breakout Group

Summary Talks and Reports

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Contributions for Discussion at the UFA Workshop

US Fusion Policy and Recent Reviews

European Fusion Policy and Recent Reviews

Snowmass Fusion Summer Study Summary Proceedings and Summary Presentations

Advanced Tokamak Program Plan and Metrics

Scientific Value of a Burning Plasma Experiment and Scientific Readiness to Proceed

Fusion Power Plant Studies

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) .

ITER-FEAT Technical Information

IGNITOR Technical Information

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