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Office of Fusion Energy Sciences (OFES) Perspective. Presentation to FESAC Panel on High Energy Density Laboratory Plasmas (HEDLP) August 25, 2008. Gene Nardella, Acting Associate Director of Science for Fusion Energy Sciences gene.nardella@science.doe.gov 301-903-4941. Outline.

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Office of Fusion Energy Sciences (OFES) Perspective

Presentation to FESAC Panel on High Energy Density Laboratory Plasmas (HEDLP)August 25, 2008

Gene Nardella, Acting

Associate Director of Science

for Fusion Energy Sciences

gene.nardella@science.doe.gov

301-903-4941


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Outline

  • High Energy Density Laboratory Plasmas

  • Planning

  • Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee


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High Energy Density Laboratory PlasmasFES Perspective

Vision

  • Stewardship of HEDLP as a compelling area of fundamental science and fusion-energy inspired basic science

  • High-risk, high-payoff research in basic high energy density plasma science to facilitate ignition and to obtain higher fusion gain-efficiency product, with attractive targets, in pulsed high density fusion

  • Working in partnership with the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), extend our present program to other areas of fundamental HEDLP science, including laboratory astrophysics

  • Conduct research so that the Office of Science (SC) will be in the position to capture opportunities afforded by successes on the National Ignition Facility or other NNSA facilities towards a potential program in inertial fusion energy sciences (IFES)


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Current Focus: Complementary coverage of the HEDLP space between OFES and NNSA

  • OFES Lead:

    • Inertial fusion with heavy ions

    • Fast ignition, shock ignition, laser-plasma and radiation-matter interaction

    • Inertial fusion with magnetized targets, plasma jets, dense plasmas in high magnetic fields

  • NNSA Lead:

    • High energy density laboratory astrophysics

    • Fundamental properties and behavior of high energy density plasmas

  • OFES/NNSA Shared Activity:

    • Warm Dense Matter


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HEDLP Budget and Issues between OFES and NNSA

  • Budget

    • President’s request for FES contains $4.4M new money (initiative) for HEDLP in FY 2009

    • Situation for the out years is not so clear

  • Issues

    • What are the ingredients that would make it a healthy and useful program for the nation in the long run?

      • Research opportunities

      • Priorities and balances

  • Other news

    • Received 143 Letters of Intent for the current OFES-NNSA joint solicitation in HEDLP


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A Multi-year, Multi-Step Planning between OFES and NNSAProcess for Each Area of Responsibility

Science

Area

Consolidation,

Prioritization

Issue

Identification,

Research Needs

Approaches,

Options,

Initiatives

Grand

Challenges,

Missions

Outcome

= Plan

Tokamak

/ AT

NRC BPAC,

FESAC

Workshop(s)

FESAC

OFES; FESACNRC

MFES

Magnetic

Alternates

NRC BPAC,

FESAC

Workshop(s)

FESAC

IFES

HEDLP

/ IFES

OFES / NNSA

“FESAC-e”

NRC

NRC, OSTP,

Task Force

Workshops

Workshop(s)?

HEDLP

Science

FESAC-e

Plasma

Science

Plasma

Science

OFES; FESAC

NRC

NRC FUSAC,

Plasma 2010

FESAC

Workshop(s)?


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Near-Term Activities between OFES and NNSA

  • OFES will prepare a 10-15 page Strategic Overview Plan to meet March 1, 2009 Congressional deadline

    • Plan will consider existing reports including FESAC reports such as

      • “Priorities, Gaps and Opportunities”, October 2007 (Greenwald Panel)

      • “Scientific Challenges, Opportunities and Priorities …”, April 2005 (Baker Panel)

      • “A Plan for the Development of Fusion Energy”. March 2003 (Goldston Panel)

    • Highest level vision; details will be addressed in follow-on planning

  • FESAC will have the opportunity to provide comments on the plan

    • Draft plan to FESAC in November 2008

    • FESAC comments considered by January 2009


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Mid-Term Activities between OFES and NNSA

  • Engage the community through Research Needs Workshops patterned after SC Office of Basic Energy Sciences workshop series and similar to Snowmass meetings

    • What are the scientific issues and challenges?

    • Where are we in meeting the challenges?

    • How do we finish the job?

    • What is the priority of the remaining work tasks?

  • Start with the MFE workshop and follow with HEDLP and Plasma Sciences workshops when appropriate

  • Use final workshop reports as basis for detailed plan


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MFE Research Needs Workshop between OFES and NNSA

  • Preliminary Schedule: June 2009 in Washington D.C. Area

  • Structure: three Greenwald themes plus 2 additional

    • Producing High-Performance Plasmas

    • Taming the Plasma-Materials Interface

    • Harnessing Fusion Power

    • ITER/Burning Plasmas

    • Exploring Magnetic Alternates

  • Will require extensive preparations and community participation

  • Attendance at workshop will be by invitation only

  • Anticipate participation as appropriate by foreign experts


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FESAC Status between OFES and NNSA

  • FESAC currently has 9 members

    • Ten were re-appointed

    • One declined re-appointment

  • Four additional members are in process to be appointed. Will be on-board before next meeting

  • Additional members will be appointed to fill gaps. Will probably not be on-board for next meeting