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

Plasma Science Committee

Functioning as a continuing steering committee for the field of plasma science, the PLSC provides guidance on ways to maintain and strengthen plasma science as a discipline. The committee maintains a broad and unified definition of plasma issues to give guidance to decision makers in universities, nonprofit research centers, and government agencies. The committee promotes coordination among institutions involved in plasma science, makes recommendations aimed at education of sufficient personnel in the field, monitors the industrial technology base, and sponsors workshops and symposia as a means of communication among the different branches of the field.

Project Information


January 12-13, 2017
Keck Center
Room 105
500 5th St, NW
Washington, D.C.

December 18-19, 2015
The National Academies Building
Room 118
Washington, DC


July 10-11, 2014
Keck Center, Washington, DC
Presentations byCaldwell, Levedahl, and Finnegan



March 30-31, 2012
Keck Center, Washington DC
Agenda -- Speakers List and Presentations


September 25-26, 2013
Keck Center of the National Academies
Washington, DC

March 25-26, 2011
Washington, DC
Agenda -- Speakers List


September 23-24, 2011
Irvine, CA
Agenda -- Speakers List

March 26-27, 2010
Keck Center, Washington, DC 
Agenda -- Speakers List


September 25-26, 2010
Irvine, CA
Agenda -- Speakers List

March 27-28, 2009
Keck Center, Washington, DC
Agenda -- Speakers List



October 10-11, 2008
Keck Center, Washington, DC
Agenda -- Presentations



April 13, 2007
Keck Center, Washington, DC
Agenda -- Presentations


September 29-30, 2007
Beckman Center, Irvine, CA
March 31, 2006
Keck Center, Washington, DC
Agenda --Presentations
September 30 – October 1, 2006
Beckman Center, Irvine, CA
Agenda -- Presentations


Committee Members and NRC Staff

Dr. William Dorland, Chair   
University of Maryland

Dr. Andrew D. Bailey, III
Lam Research Corporation

Dr. Farhat N. Beg
University of California, San Diego

Dr. Joel Fajans
University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Juan C. Fernández
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Dr. John E. Foster
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

NAS Dr. Margaret G. Kivelson
University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Kristina A. Lynch
Dartmouth College

Dr. Robert L. Merlino
The University of Iowa

L. John Perkins
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

John C. Raymond
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

BPA Staff
James C. Lancaster, Director
David B. Lang, Senior Program Officer
Linda Walker, Program Coordinator
Beth Dolan, Financial Associate


Past Report-writing Activities  

Current Activities



Assessment of Inertial Confinement Fusion Targets

Released 2013


An Assessment of the Prospects for Inertial Fusion Energy

Released 2013


A Review of the DOE Plan for U.S. Fusion Community Participation in the ITER Program

Released 2008


Plasma Science: Advancing Knowledge in the National Interest

Released 2007




The Committee is pleased to acknowledge support from the Department of Energy.