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STELLCON Report Made Available for Community Input

A report has been prepared that outlines the research needs and lays out a research plan for a reinvigorated stellarator program in the US. The report is the product of a series of community meetings organized by the National Stellarator Coordinating Committee, the first of which was held on February of 2016, and hosted by MIT. The meeting, called STELLCON, was attended by 40 scientists from 12 different institutions as well as by a representative from FES. The report describes a compelling vision for advanced stellarator concepts based on innovations developed in the last decade, which extend the optimization strategies used to design the Wendelstein 7-X stellarator. The case is made that the stellarator is an important research path that can help solve the issues that stand between current understanding and the achievement of practical fusion energy.

The authors invite community input on the report, which can be found here.

Comments should be sent via email to both Dr. David A. Gates, Stellarator Physics Division Head at PPPL (dgates@pppl.gov) and to Professor David Anderson (dtanders@wisc.edu). Comments will be accepted until January 6th.

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