The U.S. Burning Plasma Organization (USBPO) is a national organization of scientists and engineers involved in researching the properties of magnetically confined burning fusion plasmas.

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  • Modes of Research Participation on ITERLeaders: Rajesh Maingi and Mike Walker
    A USBPO working group, formed in 2012, to provide input to the ITER Organization, to help define how ITER will operate as an experimental device.
  • 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.

A new diagnostic technique provides time-resolved measurements of PFC surface composition over a large surface area, without the resource intensive need to remove PFCs for ex-situ analysis.