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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  • February 13, 2018: Update on progress in the ITER project
    The US Burning Plasma Organization is pleased to welcome Dr. Bernard Bigot, who will give an update on progress in the ITER Project. Dr. Bigot took over as Director General of the ITER Organization in early 2015 following a distinguished career that included serving as Chairman and CEO of the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission and as High Commissioner for ITER in France. During his tenure at ITER the project has moved into high gear, with rapid progress evident on the construction site and preparation of a staged schedule and a research plan leading from where we are today through all the way to full DT operation.
  • April 27, 2017: Needs for Stellarator Research in Fusion Energy Development
    Dr. Gates is Chair of the National Stellarator Coordinating Committee, as well as Stellarator Physics Division Head at PPPL. The talk will present the content of the 'STELLCON report' prepared by the committee.
  • 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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