|Robert F. Heeter
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Joined: 30 Apr 2005
|Posted: Mon May 08, 2006 4:24 am Post subject:
Conventional Fusion FAQ Section 0/11 (Intro) Part 1/3 (Overview)
Disclaimer: Although this section is updated occasionally, it should
be useful to many people, and I encourage you to distribute
it to anyone who might be interested (and willing to help!!!).
The Conventional Fusion FAQ -
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Fusion Research
Edited by Robert F. Heeter, firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Revised June 26, 2000
This posting is a pointer to the full FAQ, which may be found
on the Web at http://FusEdWeb.pppl.gov/FAQ/fusion-faq.html .
This pointer simply indicates that there is in fact an FAQ
and describes the content of the FAQ.
*** 0) Contents of this Posting:
1) What is the Conventional Fusion FAQ?
2) Where can I find the Fusion FAQ?
3) What topics are covered in the Fusion FAQ?
*** 1) What is the Conventional Fusion FAQ?
The Conventional Fusion FAQ is a comprehensive, relatively
nontechnical set of answers to many of the frequently asked
questions about fusion science, fusion energy, and fusion
research. Additionally, there is a Glossary of Plasma Physics
and Fusion Energy Research, which explains much of the
jargon of the field. The Conventional Fusion FAQ originated
as an attempt to provide answers to many of the typical, basic,
or introductory questions about fusion research, and to provide
a listing of references and other resources for those interested
in learning more. The FAQ and Glossary also seek to facilitate
communication regarding fusion by providing a common foundation
This FAQ discusses only the conventional forms of fusion
(magnetic confinement, inertial confinement, gravitational confinement
and muon-catalyzed fusion), and not new/unconventional/speculative
forms (including "cold fusion", sonoluminescence-induced fusion, or
ball-lightning fusion). The FAQ strives to be non-controversial,
balanced, and comprehensive within its scope, but it also necessarily
reflects the balance of the contributions that are made to it.
* Status and Disclaimers:
Like fusion research itself, the Fusion FAQ is evolving,
and is not a completed work. Depending on how much effort is
being expended to maintain it at any given time, it may not be
correct or up-to-date in all respects. In fact, with regard to
the information in the FAQ, the editor disclaims everything
and assumes no liability for any consequences arising from the
distribution of the FAQ. Any information included in the FAQ
reflects the perspective of the editor and contributors, and not
their employers or anyone else. Finally, the FAQ is copyrighted
and should not be distributed for profit without permission.
In no case should the editor's name, the revision date,
or this paragraph be removed.
*** 2) Where can I find the Conventional Fusion FAQ?
on the Web, is the official permanent home for the Fusion FAQ.
Except for this pointer posting, none of the FAQ will be posted
on the newsgroups in the future.
The Glossary of Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy is also on the Web, at
*** 3) What topics are covered in the Fusion FAQ?
The contents are subject to change. The current section listing is:
Section 0 - Introduction
Part 1/3 - Title Page
Table of Contents
How to Find the FAQ
Current Status of the FAQ project
Part 2/3 - Detailed Outline with List of Questions
Part 3/3 - Revision History
Section 1 - Fusion as a Physical Phenomenon
Section 2 - Fusion as an Energy Source
Part 1/5 - Technical Characteristics
Part 2/5 - Environmental Characteristics
Part 3/5 - Safety Characteristics (under development)
Part 4/5 - Economic Characteristics (under development)
Part 5/5 - Fusion for Space-Based Power (under development)
Section 3 - Fusion as a Scientific Research Program (under development)
Part 1/3 - Chronology of Events and Ideas (under development)
Part 2/3 - Major Institutes and Policy Actors (under development)
Part 3/3 - History of Achievements and Funding (under development)
Section 4 - Confinement Methods / Approaches to Fusion (under development)
Section 5 - Present Devices: Status and Plans (always under development)
Section 6 - Recent Results (always under development)
Section 7 - Educational Opportunities (under development)
Section 8 - Internet Resources (under development)
Section 9 - Future Plans (under development)
Section 10 - Annotated Bibliography / Reading List
Section 11 - Citations and Acknowledgements
Glossary of Frequently Used Terms in Plasma Physics & Fusion:
Introduction - List of Sources - A - B - C ... X - Y - Z
# This is a Copyrighted FAQ. I only grant permission for this file
to be freely distributed provided the revision date is retained and
I am cited as the editor. #
# Any and all errors are solely my responsibility. #
# This posting is tagged as UCRL-MI-139258 by LLNL.
"This work was performed under the auspices of the
U.S. Department of Energy by University of California Lawrence
Livermore National Laboratory under contract No. W-7405-Eng-48."
Robert F. Heeter, Ph.D.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
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