UM to Host ICC in College Park, Maryland
The University of Maryland will host the next Innovative Confinement Concepts (ICC) Workshop in February 2007, from Monday, February 12 through Wednesday, February 14. Onsite registration begins Sunday, February 11.
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About the conference
ICC2007 is a continuation of the ICC series that met in Austin, Texas in 2006, Madison, Wisconsin in 2004, Seattle, Washington in 2003, and College Park, Maryland in 2002. It will provide a forum for an exchange of ideas through presentations and discussions on the science and status of innovative confinement concepts research, and on new ideas. This meeting provides feedback from the ICC community to DOE OFES. In addition to invited talks on these topics, contributed papers are solicited describing experimental, theoretical, or computational work presently done in the ICC program, and also papers describing new ideas for possible proposals. These papers will be presented as posters, which will be displayed during the workshop. The program committee will also select a subset of the contributed papers for oral presentation.
This is a very exciting time for fusion with ITER and the National Ignition Facility (NIF) moving forward to demonstrate net fusion energy production in the laboratory, but much additional work needs to be done in parallel. The ITER-like and NIF-like fusion reactor concepts need considerable improvements for competitive electricity generation. This workshop is for presentation of results and ideas about concepts that might make large steps towards practical fusion power, complementing the important steps of ITER and NIF.
The ICC experiments also complement the mainline concepts in the advancement of plasma science. These experiments test the general validity of plasma physics and technology in wider parameter regimes, develop new fusion plasma physics outside the mainline, and cross-fertilize with other fields of plasma science.