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Title: PSI-Center Final Progress Report

Abstract

This is the Final Progress Report of the Plasma Science and Innovation Center (PSI-Center) covering March 2014 through February 2017. The Center has accomplished a great deal during this period. The PSI-Center is organized into four groups: Edge and Dynamic Neutrals; Transport and Kinetic Effects; Equilibrium, Stability, and Kinetic Effects in 3D Topologies; and Interface for Validation. Each group has made good progress and the results from each group are given in detail.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [2];  [3]
  1. Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA (United States)
  2. Utah State Univ., Logan, UT (United States)
  3. Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) (SC-24)
OSTI Identifier:
1352191
DOE Contract Number:
FG02-05ER54811
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY

Citation Formats

Jarboe, Thomas R., Shumlak, Uri, Sovinec, Carl, Hansen, Chris, Ji, Jeong-Young, and Nelson, Brian. PSI-Center Final Progress Report. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.2172/1352191.
Jarboe, Thomas R., Shumlak, Uri, Sovinec, Carl, Hansen, Chris, Ji, Jeong-Young, & Nelson, Brian. PSI-Center Final Progress Report. United States. doi:10.2172/1352191.
Jarboe, Thomas R., Shumlak, Uri, Sovinec, Carl, Hansen, Chris, Ji, Jeong-Young, and Nelson, Brian. Thu . "PSI-Center Final Progress Report". United States. doi:10.2172/1352191. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1352191.
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