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.
David Campbell, Director of the ITER and Operations Department, gave a talk entitled "Progress in ITER Construction and Strategy towards the Operations Phase" during the USBPO Town Meeting at the recent APS-DPP conference in San Jose.
His slides can be found here.

• Director's Corner
• Research Highlight
• Energetic Particles Topical Group:

• Schedule of Burning Plasma Events
• Contact and Contribution Information

  • 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.

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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