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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board on Physics and Astronomy
Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences


A Strategic Plan for U.S. Burning Plasma: Presentations to the Committee and Public Input


Presentations to the Committee


Meeting 1 - Washington, D.C.

Perspectives on Burning Plasma Research - United States Burning Plasma Organization


Context for an NAS Study on Burning Plasma Research and A Magnetic Fusion Strategy - Edumund Synakowski, DOE Office of Science


Meeting 2 - Irvine, California

Perspectives from the University Fusion Association - David Maurer, Auburn University


A Reinvigorated U.S. Fusion Energy Program - Stewart Prager, Princeton University


Perspective on Fusion Energy Strategy - Tony S. Taylor, General Atomics


Perspectives from the US ITER Project - Ned Sauthoff, US ITER Project Office   


Response to the NAS Committee for a Strategic Plan for U.S. Burning Plasma Research - Phil Ferguson, US Virtual Laboratory for Technology (VLT)


Meeting 3 - Austin, Texas


Further Context for NAS Burning Plasma Study - James W. Van Dam, DOE Office of Science


The Road Not Taken -- Yet - D. Whyte, MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center


Strategic Plan for U.S. Burning Plasma Research - R.J. Hawryluk and M.C. Zarrnstoff, PPPL


Meeting 4 - ITER, France


ITER Engineering Science and Breakthroughs - Gyung-Su Lee, ITER


ITER: The Way to a New, Clean, Safe, and Near-Unlimited Energy - Bernard Bigot, ITER


ITER Project Management - Hans H. Altfeld, ITER


The Science of ITER - Tim Luce, ITER


EU DEMO Design and R&D Activities: Progress and Updates - Gianfranco Federici, EUROFusion 


Meeting 5 - General Atomics, San Diego


Challenges and Strategy for Development of FNST: Blanket/FW & Tritium Fuel Cycle – Mohamed Abdou, UCLA 


On TAE’s Path to Fusion: A Private-Sector Perspective – Michl Binderbauer, TAE Technologies


A Mission to Discover the Plasma Solutions for Future Fusion Reactors - RJ Buttery, General Atomics


General Atomics Perspective on the Strategic Plans for U.S. Fusion Energy Development - David Hill, General Atomics


Perspective on Magnetic Fusion Energy Directions from Early Career Fusion Scientists - Multiple Perspectives


Korean Fusion Energy Development Strategy - Y.S. Hwang, Center for Advanced Research in Fusion Reactor Engineering


Chinese Fusion Energy Strategy - J. Li, Institute of Plasma Physics


Research and Development Policy on Fusion Energy in Japan - Yuichi Ogawa, The University of Tokyo


A Fusion Program Strategy for Timely Fusion Energy Development - Mickey Wade, General Atomics



Teleconference - Stellerators (March 23, 2018)


U.S. Research on International Stellarators - Samuel A. Lazerson, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory


A Vision for an Experimental Stellarator Program in the U.S. that is a Slingshot for a Stellerator DT Device - Oliver Schmitz et al




Public Input


Plasma Pinch (Physics World) - John E. Allen, University of Oxford


Two Comments on the NAS Interim Report on a Strategy Plan of U.S. Burning Plasma Research - Stephen E. Bodner, (Ret.) Navy Research Laboratory


Whitepaper on Proposed Strategic Element for U.S. Magnetic Fusion Research - Multiple Authors


The Advanced Tokamak Path to a Compact Fusion Power Plant - RJ Buttery et. al, General Atomics


Comments on A Strategic Plan for U.S. Burning Plasma Research - F.F. Chen, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Los Angeles


DOE Should Strongly Support Physics Research and Technology Development for Advanced-Fuel FRCs - S.A. Cohen, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory


Brief Words on U.S. Fusion Research - Clesio Ismerio de Oliveira, Eletrobras CGTEE


Historical Perspective on the United States Fusion Program - Stephen O. Dean, Fusion Power Associates


Essential Criteria for Fusion Power Plants - Laila El-Guebaly (UW-Madison), Ilon Joseph (LLNL), Brad Merrill (Idaho National Laboratory), Scott Hsu (LANL)


Worldwide Timelines for Fusion Energy - Laila El-Guebaly, University of Wisconsin, Madison


Stellarator Research Opportunities - National Stellarator Coordinating Committee


Summary of the Quasi-Symmetric Stellarator Program - Working Group 4 for the Austin USMFR


The High-Field Path to Practical Fusion Energy - M. Greenwald et. al, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Plasma Science and Fusion Center [UPDATED 3/12/2018]


Fusion Research: Time to Set a New Path - Robert L. Hirsch, (Ret.) Science Applications International Corporation


Revamping Fusion Research - Robert L. Hirsch, (Ret.) Science Applications International Corporation


Whitepaper on Proposed Strategic Element for U.S. Magnetic Fusion Research: Opportunities Presented by Magneto-Inertial Fusion - Scott Hsu et al.


A Tritium Research Program in Support of Burning Plasma Science and Fusion Energy - P. W. Humrickhouse et. al, Idaho National Laboratory


The ITER Power Amplification Myth - Steven B. Krivit, New Energy Times


Harsh Environment Microwave Diagnostics for Reactor Plasmas - N.C. Luhmann, Jr et al.


Letter to the Strategic Plan for U.S. Burning Plasma Committee - Shigekazu Matsuura, International Nuclear and Fusion Energy Affairs Division


Letter to Mike Mauel, Chair for Strategic Plan for U.S. Burning Plasma Committee - Bruno Coppi, Ignitor Program


Collection of Documents by the University Fusion Association - sent by David A. Maurer, University Fusion Association


Burning Plasma Physics and the U.S. Strategic Plan for Magnetic Fusion Energy - Dale Meade, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory [UPDATED 3/12/2018]


Letter to the Strategic Plan for U.S. Burning Plasma Committee - Matthew Reinke, Oak Ridge National Laboratory


Letter to the Academy of Sciences on Fusion Review - Walter L. Sadowski, (Ret.) Office of Fusion Energy Sciences, DOE


A New Tandem Mirror Concept with High Fusion Power Gain - T.C. Simonen and R.W. Moir, LLNL, Vallecitos Molten Salt Research


White Paper on Magnetic Fusion Program - Weston M. Stacey, Georgia Institute of Technology


Be Bold: An Alternative Plan for Fusion Research - G.A. Wurden, Los Alamos National Laboratory


Perspective on Magnetic Fusion Energy Directions from Early Career Fusion Scientists - Multiple Authors


ITER is a Showcase for the Drawbacks of Fusion Energy - Daniel Jaasby


Tritium Breeding Strategy for Advanced Fusion Power Plants - L.A. El-Guebaly


Reshaping the Fusion Radwaste Management Approach - L. El-Guebaly et al.


Letter to NAS - Bruno Coppi


Important Gaps in the ST and AT Programs - Roger Raman


Comments on the Interim Report - S.A. Cohen


White Paper on U.S. Domestic Tokamak Program - C.M. Greenfield, D.N. Hill, M.R. Wade


Accelerating Fusion Through Integrated Whole Device Modeling - Amitava Bhattacharjee et al.


Development of a Steady State Fusion Core: The Advanced Tokamak Path - R J Buttery et al., General Atomics, LLNL, ORNL, Oak Ridge Associated Universities


Pilot Plant: A Shortened Path to Fusion Power - Stephen Dean et. al, Fusion Power Associates, ORNL, MIT, Canadian Fusion Fuels Technology Project, Ebasco Services, Kurchatov Institute of Atomic Energy


Email on Need For 14 MeV Neutrons - Mohamed Abdou


Pre-FNSF Research and Development, C.E. Kessel, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory


Accelerated Compact Fusion Development and Innovations Leveraging Spherical Tokamaks - Steven Sabbagh, Columbia University


A U.S. Strategic Plan for Timely Fusion Energy Development - M.R. Wade, General Atomics


MIT's Nuclear Cure-Alls - Daniel Jassby, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory


The Fusion Nuclear Science Facility (FNSF) is a Critical Step Before Proceeding to Larger and Electricity Producing Fusion Plants - C.E. Kessel, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory


Discussion Group 5 Summary of USMFRSD Workshop in Austin, TX (January 12, 2018) - D. Sutherland et. al


A Brief Historical Summary of Fusion Alternatives - Charles W. Hartman, Harry McLean, Uri Shumlak


Letter to the Committee - Hutch Neilson, Mickey Wade, Dave Maurer on behalf of the Magnetic Fusion Research Strategic Directions Activity


Why Fusion? - Robert J. Goldston, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory


Follow-Up Polling of the Early Career Fusion Scientist Community in Response to NAS Panel Feedback - Chris Holland et al.


A Mid-Scale Quasihelically Symmetric Experiment Would Significantly Accelerate Fusion Development Through the Stellarator Line - D.T. Anderson et. al, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Producing Electricity in a Fusion Nuclear Science Facility or Similar - C.E. Kessel, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory