Report Of The U.S. Department Of Energy Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (FESAC) Panel Reviewing The Theory And Computing Program

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Journal Of Fusion Energy


This Panel was set up by the Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (FESAC) at its November 2000 meeting for the purpose of addressing questions from the Department of Energy concerning the theory and computing/simulation program of the Office of Fusion Energy Sciences. Although the Panel primarily addressed programmatic questions, it acknowledges that the theory and computing in fusion energy sciences has a stellar record of research successes. (A recent FESAC report entitled "Opportunities in the Fusion Energy Sciences Program" listed a number of theory and computing research highlights.) Last year the National Research Council performed an assessment of the quality of the fusion energy sciences program-including theory and computing-and concluded that the quality of its research is on a par with that of other leading areas of contemporary physical science.