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-------------------------------------------------------------------- 8. Internet Information Resources # This FAQ deals with conventional fusion only, not Cold Fusion. # Last Revised February 26,1995 Written by Robert F. Heeter, firstname.lastname@example.org, unless otherwise cited. What follows is a listing of many, but not all, of the fusion energy/research information resources available via the internet. *** A. Newsgroups: sci.physics.fusion (unmoderated) sci.physics.plasma (moderated) - this latter is for plasma science discussions, not for fusion issues. Sci.physics.fusion postings have been archived on a couple of internet sites. For more information see the sections on WAIS and Anonymous FTP below. *** B. WAIS (Wide-Area Information Server) Databases [ Information on the sunsite.unc.edu WAIS database provided by Chuck Harrison, email@example.com ] * sunsite.unc.edu has a searchable WAIS archive of all postings on sci.physics.fusion (1989-present). According to Chuck Harrison (firstname.lastname@example.org), "WAIS access means it is *searchable* on free-text keywords, which means alot when you're trying to find old vaguely-recollected postings from the 30MB or so of archive. I created the thing because I found that hunting through the vm1.nodak.edu [anonymous FTP site, see below ] archives by ftp was prohibitively time-consuming, so I suspect anyone who *wants* to look in the newsgroup history (who knows why? ;-) ) should try the WAIS database first if they have access (e.g. swais, WWW, gopher, or telnet to sunsite)." * Accessing the sunsite archives - directions: [ The information below is straight from Chuck Harrison ] 1. If you are directly connected to Internet, you can log onto a public WAIS server at the University of North Carolina: %telnet sunsite.unc.edu ... login: swais ... TERM = (unknown) vt100 It takes a minute to load ... <use ? for online help> <use /fusion to locate the fusion-digest source> <follow the prompts to select the source and enter your keywords for searching> 2. If you have a "gopher" client, you can use it for WAIS access. Many university campuses provide gopher as a public information service. 2a. On most systems, you first select an option labeled "Other Systems", then from that menu select "WAIS based information". Since each gopher site creates its own menus, I can't tell you exactly where to go from there. 2b. If you can gopher to SunSITE, at UNC, navigate the menus down thru SunSITE archives..All archives..Academic..Physics..Cold-fusion. [ Sometimes conventional fusion comes second! ] 2c. If you can 'telnet' but not 'gopher', you may telnet to sunsite.unc.edu and login as 'gopher'. Then follow 2a or 2b above. 3. If you have World Wide Web (WWW) browser, such as Mosaic, Cello, or Lynx, you may use the following URL: wais://sunsite.unc.edu/fusion-digest (newsgroup archive) [ More info on other Gopher and WWW resources is given below. ] 4. If you have a WAIS client on your system (the most common ones are "swais" -- character-based, and "xwais" -- for X-Windows), use it. *** C. World-Wide Web: * Much of the public-domain fusion info is now available via WWW: At this time, it appears that most of the major U.S. fusion research labs have information available on the Web, and the amount of available information is growing rapidly. Available materials include basic fusion information, all sorts of pictures, information about each lab's research projects, and more. * Navigating the Web is a little hard to explain, but for fusion, the easiest way to start is to go to the Department of Energy's Office of Fusion Energy page. (Address given below.) From here, you can (I think) move upwards within DOE to the Office of Energy Research, or downwards to many of the fusion labs. Alternatively, once you know the "URL" addresses of a lab's WWW documents, you can open them up directly with the "Open URL" menu command. * Address (temporary) for this FAQ: http://www.pppl.gov/~rfheeter * Some of the Principal Fusion / Plasma URL addresses to try: http://wwwofe.er.doe.gov/ (Office of Fusion Energy) http://www-plasma.umd.edu (Plasma Science Home Page) http://www.pppl.gov/ (Princeton Plasma Physics Lab) http://demo-www.gat.com/ (General Atomics / DIII-D) http://www-phys.llnl.gov/X_Div/index.html (Livermore's ICF Group) http://www.jet.uk/ (Joint European Torus) * Additional Web Sites that may be of Interest: http://cmfd.univ.trieste.it/cmfd.html (Trieste, Italy, MHD Site) http://cmod2.pfc.mit.edu/ (MIT Plasma Fusion Center) http://w3fusion.ph.utexas.edu/frc.html (U. Texas Fusion Res. Center) http://www.ornl.gov/divisions/fusion_energy.html (ORNL Fusion Division) (Apologies to those labs I left off this list; I figured this would give anyone interested a decent start, and then the rest of the labs are easy to get to.) *** D. Gopher: * Garching (Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics): The host is uts.ipp-garching.mpg.de (Port: 70) Or, from the top: Gopher -> Europe -> Germany -> Information Servers in Germany -> MPI fuer Plasmaphysik Garching-Gopher (and, if you like, -> IPP Information) According to Art Carlson at Garching: "It's probably not very useful, since most of the info, press releases and the like, is in German. There is other *great stuff* on the computer, like drawings of ASDEX-Upgrade and time schedules, but it's not publicly available (as far as I know)." * University of Texas - Austin: Gopher -> North America -> USA -> Texas -> University of Texas Austin Fusion Studies (Machine name is hagar.ph.utexas.edu) This gopher server has a variety of material regarding physics and fusion, including archives of the periodic status reports for TFTR, Alcator C-Mod, and TEXT-U. This is also accessible via Mosaic with the URL gopher://hagar.ph.utexas.edu/1, I believe. * There are also a large number of Gopher sites which have partial or complete archives of the Fusion FAQ postings. A Veronica search on Fri, 2 Dec 1994, yielded a large list. I would recommend accessing MIT's gopher server and finding rtfm.mit.edu, then looking in /pub/usenet/news.answers/fusion-faq. If you aren't able to connect to rtfm, you can certainly find the fusion faq via your own Veronica search, too. *** E. Anonymous FTP Sites: sunsite.unc.edu Sunsite also collects the fusion digests archiving the sci.physics.fusion, in the directory /pub/academic/physics/Cold-fusion. The recent digest files are in subdirectories whose names begin with "fd," and the older stuff is archived by year in files fd89, fd90, etc... This material is also available under WAIS (see 8A). vm1.nodak.edu (220.127.116.11) This site has the complete archive of the sci.physics.fusion newsgroup, from its inception. In particular, this FAQ is (will soon be) archived here. To log in: use the username anonymous, type your email address as the password, and then type "cd fusion" to get to the fusion directory. Beware: the index is large! To download something enter "get" and then the name of the file you want. rtfm.mit.edu This is the primary archive for the FAQ, at least in the United States. The latest version of a given section FAQ crossposted to sci.answers or news.answers can be found somewhere in either /pub/usenet/news.answers/fusion-faq or /pub/usenet/sci.answers/fusion-faq (Sections with multiple parts have subdirectories.) neutrino.nuc.berkeley.edu Here you can find fusion-related GIF images. As for vm1.nodak.edu, log in anonymously, then cd to the directory /pub/fusion, and "get" what you want. There are other FTP archive sites for the FAQ as well. A list of these is included in Section 0, Part 1 (Intro). *** F. LISTSERV ("FTP by email"): vm1.nodak.edu also works as a listserver: "You get a (large) index of the archives by sending an email to email@example.com, with a blank SUBJECT line, and the "message" 'index fusion'. To get any one of these files, you then send to the same address the message, e.g., "get fusion 91-00487", etc, according to what you're after." -- quoting Dieter Britz, BRITZ@kemi.aau.dk To obtain the FAQ, rtfm.mit.edu also works as a listserver: If you do not have direct access by WWW or FTP, the rtfm.mit.edu site supports "ftp by mail": send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following lines in it (cut-and-paste if you like): send usenet-by-group/sci.answers/fusion-faq/section0-intro/part1-overview send usenet-by-group/sci.answers/fusion-faq/section0-intro/part2-outline quit The mail server will send these two introductory files to you. You can then use the outline (part2) to determine which files you want. You can receive any or all of the remaining files by sending another message with the relevant lines from the following list: send usenet-by-group/sci.answers/fusion-faq/section0-intro/part3-revisions send usenet-by-group/sci.answers/fusion-faq/section1-physics send usenet-by-group/sci.answers/fusion-faq/section2-energy/part1-technical send usenet-by-group/sci.answers/fusion-faq/section2-energy/part2-enviro send usenet-by-group/sci.answers/fusion-faq/section5-devices send usenet-by-group/sci.answers/fusion-faq/section6-results send usenet-by-group/sci.answers/fusion-faq/section7-education send usenet-by-group/sci.answers/fusion-faq/section8-internet send usenet-by-group/sci.answers/fusion-faq/section10-biblio send usenet-by-group/sci.answers/fusion-faq/section11-acknowl send usenet-by-group/sci.answers/fusion-faq/glossary/intro send usenet-by-group/sci.answers/fusion-faq/glossary/a send usenet-by-group/sci.answers/fusion-faq/glossary/b send usenet-by-group/sci.answers/fusion-faq/glossary/c send usenet-by-group/sci.answers/fusion-faq/glossary/d send usenet-by-group/sci.answers/fusion-faq/glossary/e send usenet-by-group/sci.answers/fusion-faq/glossary/f send usenet-by-group/sci.answers/fusion-faq/glossary/g send usenet-by-group/sci.answers/fusion-faq/glossary/h send usenet-by-group/sci.answers/fusion-faq/glossary/i send usenet-by-group/sci.answers/fusion-faq/glossary/j send usenet-by-group/sci.answers/fusion-faq/glossary/k send usenet-by-group/sci.answers/fusion-faq/glossary/l send usenet-by-group/sci.answers/fusion-faq/glossary/m send usenet-by-group/sci.answers/fusion-faq/glossary/n send usenet-by-group/sci.answers/fusion-faq/glossary/o send usenet-by-group/sci.answers/fusion-faq/glossary/p send usenet-by-group/sci.answers/fusion-faq/glossary/q send usenet-by-group/sci.answers/fusion-faq/glossary/r send usenet-by-group/sci.answers/fusion-faq/glossary/s send usenet-by-group/sci.answers/fusion-faq/glossary/t send usenet-by-group/sci.answers/fusion-faq/glossary/u send usenet-by-group/sci.answers/fusion-faq/glossary/v send usenet-by-group/sci.answers/fusion-faq/glossary/w send usenet-by-group/sci.answers/fusion-faq/glossary/x send usenet-by-group/sci.answers/fusion-faq/glossary/y send usenet-by-group/sci.answers/fusion-faq/glossary/z quit (Delete those lines which correspond to files you don't want.) While there are many files, the full FAQ is not more than a megabyte in size, so it is not excessively huge. Please note that several files (section9, for instance) are omitted from the above list; this is because they are still being written and are not yet available. *** G. Electronic Bulletins * TFTR Updates - published occasionally by Rich Hawryluk, forwarded automatically to sci.physics.fusion and sci.physics.plasma. Also distributed via electronic mailing list. * Alcator C-Mod Weekly Updates - posted by MIT researchers to sci.physics.fusion and sci.physics.plasma periodically. * TPX Updates - published occasionally by Rob Goldston, forwarded automatically to sci.physics.fusion. Also distributed via electronic mailing list. *** H. Individuals Willing to Provide Additional Information Many of the participants on sci.physics.fusion are conventional/hot fusion researchers. Many names and email addresses are to be found as sources for various slices of the FAQ, and so on. (See the acknowledgements for a more-or-less complete list of contributors.) A few people have expressed a willingness to serve as sources for people seeking additional literature, such as laboratory reports, pamphlets, and assorted other documents. What follows is a short listing: * Robert F. Heeter, email@example.com - Graduate Student at Princeton - I have the FAQ, all sorts of archived postings and additional information used to generate the FAQ, a bunch of PPPL literature, a set of quicktime movies made from television coverage of the TFTR D-T runs (and GIFs from the QT movies), and access to just about anyone here at PPPL who would have something I don't have. * Joe T. Chew, firstname.lastname@example.org - Physicist at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory - "I've also got a variety of pamphlets put out by this or that lab or agency over the years; feel free to give out my address as a source for photocopies of such things."