U.S. ITER Forum
May 8-9, 2003
Sponsored by the University Fusion Association, U.S. ITER Planning Office, and
the DOE Office of Fusion Energy Science
Letter from Burning Plasma Advisory Committee (April 30, 2003)
|Background||Community forums have played essential roles in
the development of U.S. strategy for undertaking a
burning plasma experiment and the improvement of our
understanding of the scientific and technical issues
for the study of self-heated fusion plasma. Recently,
the UFA sponsored two Burning Plasma Workshops (Austin,
December 2000 and San Diego, May
2001 ) in preparation for the 2002 Fusion Energy
Sciences Summer Study held at Snowmass. This
provided crucial community input to the the long-range
planning activities of the DOE and FESAC and
culminating in the FESAC Burning Plasma Strategy Panel
Burning Plasma Program Strategy to Advance Fusion
Energy " in September 2002.
The U.S, joined the ITER negotions, as announced by by the Secretary of Energy on January 30 and President Bush on February 6, 2003. A U.S. delegation attended the 8th. ITER negotiation meeting held at St. Petersburg, Russia on February 18-19, 2003. A series of meetings, involving ITER Parties, are being organized as part of the Negotiations forat in Toronto on April 8-17, 2003 to deal with management and administrative issues. These ITER related meetings are expected to be held every two months or so in preparation for decisions on ITER siting, construction, procurement allocations, and on cost sharing.
On March 4, the Dr. Anne Davies of the DOE Office of Fusion Energy Sciences wrote (an open letter) to ask Dr. Ned Sauthoff to serve as the U.S. ITER Planning Officer with Dr. Charles Baker, as his deputy, and to form a multi-institutional working team of people from around our program to assist the OFES in meeting the many needs associated with U.S. ITER preparations. A national Burning Plasma Program Advisory Committee (BPPAC) has been formed, chaired by Prof. Stewart Prager, to strengthen community involvement in ITER Planning Office.
This U.S. ITER Forum is the first community workshop organized to provide input to ITER preparations and to better inform U.S. scientists and engineers how they might particpate in ITER
|Where||The Forum will be held at
and Conference Center at
Forum Participants must make their own reservations by calling 800-228-9290 no later than Wednesday, 9 April 2003. (Mention "ITR" to reservation desk.)
Single and double rooms will be $119/night.
A small registration fee of $150 will be required for all miscellaneous meeting expenses. Only checks (personal or corporate) will be accepted as payment for registration. Please make out checks to "PPPL".
Profs. Adil Hassam and Rick Ellis will set up local arrangements. Local arrangement detail can be found at http://www.glue.umd.edu/~hassam/ICC/ITER2003-1.html.
If you are interested in participating with the U.S. ITER Forum and you are unable to attend because of the cost of travel, there may be limited funds available to help with the travel of young scientists and graduate students. Please contact Mike Mauel (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in preparing a short written request for travel assistance.
Thursday, 8 May 2003
Friday, 9 May 2003
(Complete list of contributed abstracts and white papers are available here.)
|Registration and Contributions||
Please register your attendance for the U.S. ITER Forum before Friday, 25 April. Follow the link below to the Forum's online registration form:
Groups and individuals wishing to prepare White Papers describing an U.S. ITER ACTIVITY should download the following face page (in MS Word format):
Letter from Burning Plasma Advisory Committee to Ned Sauthoff to provide advice to the US ITER Planning Officer on considerations for US levels of interest in the actual performance of the 85 ITER procurement packages. The letter does not to comment now on individual procurement packages, but rather on the criteria to be applied later in assessing U.S. interest.
Presentations from High Energy Physics community to the BP-PAC (April 29, 2003 at FNL) concerning U.S. participation in the international Large Hadron Collider (LHC):
ITER Web Sites:
ITER Procurement Packages (an Excel spreadsheet; note 1 kIUA = $1.436M US):
The ITER Design Documents (from November 2001, in PDF format) below provide brief overviews of the items that comprise the procurement packages:
A June 2000 summary of ITER R & D is available here.
The Organizers wish to encourage all interested fusion scientists and engineers to attend the Forum. Anyone wishing to discuss the program or to suggest speakers for the Forum are encouraged to contact the Organizing and Program Committee: