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Workshop goals

  • Identify and discuss compelling topics in plasma physics that require facilities larger than typically operated by single-PI groups
  • Discuss what has been learned from doing plasma physics experiments at open user facilities, collaborative facilities, user networks, and larger single/few PI facilities and extract from this discussionn some guidance that we can offer to NSF and other agencies regarding what works well
  • Discuss advantages and disadvantages for investments in user facilities under periods of constrained resources

Workshop format (2 days)

  • First day: Presentations on science topics, moderated discussions, breakout sessions
  • Second day: Presentations on facilities' experiences and best practices, moderated discussions, breakout sessions, recap from science areas

Important dates

Workshop dates: May 20-21, 2019

Topic areas and leads

  1. Quantum properties of dense plasmas, Gilbert Collins (Rochester), Sam Vinko (Oxford)
  2. Plasma in Super-Critical Fields, Alec Thomas (Michigan), Stepan Bulanov (LBNL)
  3. Single component plasmas, dusty plasmas, and matter-antimatter plasmas, Joel Fajans (UC Berkeley), Eve Stenson (Max Planck)
  4. Laboratory astrophysics, Carolyn Kuranz (Micjhigan), Petros Tzeferacos (Chicago)
  5. Relativistic laser- and beam-plasma interactions, Felicie Albert (LLNL), Warren Mori (UCLA)
  6. Energy dissipation in plasmas, Jim Drake (Maryland), Bill Matthaeus (Delaware)
  7. Coherent structures in plasmas, David Newman (Alaska), Mark Gilmore (UNM)
  8. Controlled production of chemical reactivity, Mark Kushner (Michigan), Steve Shannon (NCSU)