Frontiers of Plasma Science Workshops

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Fusion Energy Sciences
Town Hall Meeting: June 30 - July 1, 2015
Scientific Frontiers Workshop: August 20-21, 2015 [Panel Attendance Only]
Research Needs Workshop: October 22-23, 2015 [Panel Attendance Only]


The reorganization of the Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) budget in FY 2015 brings together three program elements at the frontiers of plasma science–viz., general plasma science, high energy density laboratory plasmas, and exploratory magnetized plasma. These three activities support a rich and diverse portfolio of plasma science, sharing many common intellectual threads with the potential for broadening connections between the fusion energy sciences portfolio and related fields.

Fusion Energy Sciences seeks to engage the community of scientific experts working in the field of plasma science in a series of community-led workshops to identify:

  1. Compelling scientific challenges at the frontiers of plasma physics, and
  2. Research tools and capabilities that exist presently, as well as the general requirements necessary to address these challenges in the next decade.

The workshop process will include the following:

  • review of progress and an update about new developments since the last time organized community input was obtained,
  • identification of gaps and challenges, along with specific parameters that would need to be achieved for addressing such gaps,
  • discussion of near- and long-term research tasks, such as experiments that could be performed on existing facilities,
  • descriptions of upgrades to existing facilities and diagnostic capabilities that would enable or enhance the research tasks,
  • identification of linkages to associated research areas,
  • descriptions and analysis of potential new activities for addressing the gaps and challenges, and
  • identification of areas for which modeling and simulation could be impactful.

The report generated from these workshops will inform FES in planning and executing its strategic vision for the FES stewardship of the PSF activities, taking into consideration the recommendations from the Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee [PDF, 6.51MB] and the National Research Council.

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