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  • November 29, 2018: Introduction to SPARC: A compact, high B, fusion energy experiment
    Prof. Whyte, Director of the PSFC, will briefly introduce the high field path to fusion energy.
  • October 17, 2018: Operating without Disruptions in ITER and Beyond
    The seminar will summarize the plans and research needs for obtaining disruption-free operation on ITER and other future devices, with examples from current experiments.
  • U.S. Fusion Outreach Group
    Please join the U.S. Fusion Outreach Team! This group is organized by the U.S Burning Plasma Organization (USBPO) to provide a platform for national fusion outreach efforts to unite.
  • Disruption Task GroupLeaders: Valerie Izzo (UCSD) and Robert Granetz (MIT)
    The task group exists to coordinate US-wide disruption research efforts (both experiment and theory), to identify gaps and suggest priorities, and particularly to ensure that outstanding issues for the ITER Disruption Mitigation System are addressed in a timely manner. The US ITER Project Office has the responsibility to provide ITER's DMS.

The Wendelstein 7 X stellarator achieved its First Plasma milestone on 10 December 2015. The accuracy of the magnet system was verified by electron-beam field mapping and expected island structures were observed. The first plasma consisted of Helium and reached about 1 million degrees Celsius. (Photos: IPP)

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