Professor Dennis Whyte has been appointed to the National Research Council (NRC) Committee on Prospects for Inertial Confinement Fusion Energy Systems (the IFE Committee), a project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.
The role of the project is to assess the prospects for generating power using inertial confinement fusion; identify scientific and engineering challenges, cost targets, and R&D objectives associated with developing an IFE demonstration plant; and advise the U.S. Department of Energy on its development of an R&D roadmap aimed at creating a conceptual design for an inertial fusion energy demonstration plant.
The Committee, co-chaired by Ron Davidson (Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory) and Jerry Kulcinski (University of Wisconsin), will assess the current performance of various fusion target technologies and prepare a report giving DOE guidance to assist the department in FY 2012 IFE program planning. The parameters described in the report will guide the Panel on Inertial Confinement Fusion Targets on its deliberations.
Bios of committee members can be found here.