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Plasma 2020 – The US National Academies Decadal Assessment of Plasma Physics: Overview and Future Research Opportunities (Prof. Dr. Mark J. Kushner, University of Michigan)

Jun 29, 2021 from 04:15 PM

Photo Mark J. KushnerThe Board on Physics and Astronomy of the United States (US) National Academies conducts every-10-year assessments of the major fields of physics. The purpose of the decadal assessments is to provide an overview of the progress made in the field over the past decade and to highlight research opportunities in the coming decade. The Plasma 2020 Decadal Assessment of plasma physics, Plasma Science: Enabling Technology, Sustainability, Security, and Exploration, was released in draft form in May 2020 and in final form in April 2021. The report broadly addresses the field of plasma physics, with chapters focused on foundational processes, laser-plasma interactions, high energy density systems, low temperature plasmas, magnetically confined fusion and space plasmas. The Plasma 2020 report, in addition to being a science document of interest to the international community, is also a policy document which responds to the charge of the sponsoring US federal agencies for recommendations on how plasma science should be configured and funded in the US. These agencies are the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy and Department of Defense. As a result, the F&R (findings and recommendations) of the report are US focused, while also hopefully being of interest to the international community by being adaptable to their particular administrative structures.

In this presentation, an overview of the Plasma 2020 Decadal Assessment will be provided. The Decadal Assessment process will be briefly described, followed by highlights of the accomplishments, science opportunities and F&R across the field. More emphasis and detail will be provided for findings for low temperature plasmas.
A (free) pdf copy of the Plasma 2020 Decadal Assessment can be downloaded here.

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The talk is part of the "Physikalische Kolloquium", everybody interested is cordially invited.

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