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Conventional Fusion FAQ Section 0/11 (Intro) Part 1/3 (Overview)

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Last-modified: 2000-06-26
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                  The Conventional Fusion FAQ -                   
   Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Fusion Research   


          Edited by Robert F. Heeter,

                 Last Revised June 26, 2000         

This posting is a pointer to the full FAQ, which may be found
on the Web at .  

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?

* Overview:

  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 
  for discussion.

* Scope:

  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

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# 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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