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University of Maryland College Park, MD • May 20-21, 2019
(Location: The Hotel at the University of Maryland)
Co-chairs: Howard Milchberg (Univ. of Maryland) and Earl Scime (West Virginia Univ.)

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The Workshop will aim to address the following questions (the "charge" of the Workshop):

  1. What are the science questions that require establishment and operation of plasma science user facilities, and cannot be addressed on smaller scale single-PI experimental facilities? Are there compelling plasma science questions of such value and interest to the global scientific community that may warrant construction and operation of a new major NSF user facility? If so, what are they?
  2. Under constrained resources, what are the upsides and the downsides of investing in the operation of user facilities in each of the relevant sub-fields?
  3. What may be the limiting factors, e.g., the size of the community of potential users or the flexibility and ease of operation, in establishing an experimental facility as a user facility?
  4. Are there particular challenges to transparent operation of user facilities specific to plasma science or any of its sub-fields? If so, what are they and what strategies or modes of operation may be used to overcome such challenges?
  5. What are best practices for managing transparent and efficient operation of a plasma science user facility for mid-scale and major user facilities?

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