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The progress made in fusion science and fusion technology increases confidence in the readiness to proceed with the burning plasma step. The incorporation of advanced design elements from the fusion science and technology community has resulted in more attractive proposals for the burning plasma experiment. These changes have reduced the estimated cost of such an experiment and have allowed the investigation of advanced tokamak features in the burning plasma regime. : National Academies Press, 2002.
In addition, the balance between science and technology activities is critical. As the committee noted in its interim report: “[A] technology program without a strong science base, or a science program without a strong technology base, will leave the United States in a position where it cannot build effectively on the developments coming from more advanced programs abroad” (see Appendix E, p. 158). S. chooses to join ITER, it will be imperative to continue and strengthen the basic elements that have provided the insights leading to the improved ITER design in the first place.
The third element of the program encompasses participation in international burning plasma experiments, an element that was considerably deemphasized upon the withdrawal of the United States in 1998 from the original ITER program. The first two elements include most current research activities on non-burning-plasma issues—such as plasma stability, nonlinear turbulence, self-organizing systems, magnetic field symmetry, and plasma sustainability at high pressure—by studying plasma behavior across a portfolio of advanced tokamak and non-tokamak confinement considerations.