The Committee urges the Department to fully evaluate existing research capabilities that do not fit easily within the existing weapons-focused inertial and energy-focused magnetic confinement fusion
programs, such as krypton fluoride lasers and mag-neto-inertial fusion, but that may play important roles if an inertial fusion energy program moves forward in future years.
Willis's award is "in recognition of and appreciation for your managerial contributions to the magnetic confinement fusion
technical program achievements that occurred during and beyond your tenure at the U.
The report states that "The potential of fusion to contribute as a major component of the future global energy system is sufficiently large that it should be pursued in the UK." It says, "It (fusion) needs continued funding for the long term, even when difficult financial choices are being made." It states, "The UK should continue to contribute to world-class research and international leadership in both MCF (magnetic confinement fusion
) and ICF (inertial confinement fusion), particularly developing the technology pathway."
A brief history of magnetic confinement fusion
power plant conceptual designs, focusing on tokamaks, is outlined in this book.
In making its award announcement, the Department of Energy stated in its release, "PPPL is the nation's leading laboratory for research in plasma physics and magnetic confinement fusion
The IAEA also produced a 28 page brochure, "Fifty Years of Magnetic Confinement Fusion
Research--A Retrospective." That brochure is posted at http://wwwnaweb.iaea.org/napc/physics/2ndgenconf/sets/ Home.html
For the Office of Fusion Energy Sciences (OFES), which funds primarily magnetic confinement fusion
, the Committee recommended $295 million, an increase of $21 million over FY 2005 and $5.6 million more than the President requested.
MAGO/MTF is an approach that combines the magnetothermal insulation of magnetic confinement fusion
(MCF) with the implosion heating of inertial confinement fusion (ICF) and operates at a fusion plasma density that is the geometric mean of the 10-12 orders of magnitude in density that separates the two more conventional approaches.