Because plasma-boundary physics encompasses some of the most important unresolved issues for both the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project and the Fusion Simulation Project (FSP), there is a strong interest in the fusion community for better understanding and characterization of plasma-wall interactions. Leadership-scale computational power will soon reach hundreds of teraflops, so that theoretical and plasma science expertise can be matched with new experimental capabilities in order to mount a strong response to this challenge. Chemical and physical sputtering cause the erosion of the limiters/divertor plates and vacuum vessel walls (made of C, Be, W, for example), degrade fusion performance by diluting the fusion fuel and excessively cooling the core, while carbon re-deposition could produce long-term in-vessel tritium retention. The purpose of the Workshop is to bring together researchers in the fusion related plasma-wall interactions in order to address these topics and to identify the most needed and promising directions for study.
Conference Secretary: Lynda Saddiq