The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Fusion Energy Sciences is sponsoring a series of community-led workshops to identify compelling scientific challenges at the frontiers of plasma physics, and research tools and capabilities that exist presently, as well as the general requirements necessary to address these challenges in the next decade.
Prof. Fred Skiff (University of Iowa)
Prof. Jonathan Wurtele (University of California, Berkeley)
The first event is a two-day community town hall meeting to be held in the Washington DC area – scheduled for June 30 and July 1, 2015. The goal of this activity is to provide a forum for the open discussion of known and emerging research opportunities and capabilities for discovery at the frontiers of plasma science.
In preparation for the town hall meeting the workshops chairs are requesting white papers on key research opportunities for discovery at the frontiers of plasma science covering the full scope of plasma physics.
The white papers, together with the town hall presentations, will form the community input that is used and discussed during two follow-on workshops. The first (to be held in August) will focus on compelling scientific challenges at the frontiers of plasma physics, while the second (to be held in October) will focus on Research tools and capabilities that exist presently, as well as the general requirements necessary to address these challenges in the next decade.
The report generated from these workshops will inform FES in planning and executing its strategic vision for the FES stewardship of the Plasma Science Frontiers activities.
Fundamental plasma physics has never had the benefit of a research needs workshop and we believe that the community of researchers would greatly benefit from a survey of the current state of the art, as well as from formulating a cohesive vision of the future horizons we can aim towards.
Our goal is that the Plasma Science Frontiers report will be of benefit to both the community and all funding agencies interested in plasma science, not just the Department of Energy. Furthermore, our report will serve as a starting point for the next NRC decadal survey of plasma science (Plasma 2020). We are taking pains to make sure that the process is as open and transparent as we can make it. If you have any questions or suggestions please feel free contact either of us. We look forward to broad participation in this process - to the benefit of the whole plasma science community.