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PREPUBLICATION COPY--SUBJECT TO FURTHER EDITORIAL CORRECTION 5952 Appendix B: Statements of Task 5953 5954 For the Committee on the Prospects for Inertial Confinement 5955 Fusion Energy Systems 5956 The statements of task for both the committee’s final report and interim report 5957 (underlined) are shown below. The scope of the final report will be much broader 5958 than that of this interim report. The statement of task for the separate and supporting 5959 study by the Panel on the Assessment of Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) Targets is 5960 also shown. The statement of task for the committee is as follows: 5961 The Committee will prepare a report that will: 5962 • Assess the prospects for generating power using inertial confinement fusion; 5963 • Identify scientific and engineering challenges, cost targets, and R&D 5964 objectives associated with developing an IFE demonstration plant; and 5965 • Advise the U.S. Department of Energy on its development of an R&D 5966 roadmap aimed at creating a conceptual design for an inertial fusion energy 5967 demonstration plant. 5968 The Committee will also prepare an interim report to inform future year planning by 5969 the federal government. 5970 A Panel on Fusion Target Physics with access to classified information as well as 5971 controlled-restricted unclassified information will serve as a technical resource to the 5972 committee and will describe, in a report containing only publicly accessible 5973 information, the R&D challenges to providing suitable targets on the basis of 5974 parameters established and provided by the Committee. The Panel will also assess the 5975 current performance of various fusion target technologies. 5976 5977 For the Panel on the Assessment of Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) Targets 5978 The statement of task for the supporting panel is as follows: 5979 A Panel on Fusion Target Physics (“the Panel”) will serve as a technical resource to 5980 the Committee on Inertial Confinement Energy Systems (“the Committee”) and will 5981 prepare a report that describes the R&D challenges to providing suitable targets, on 5982 the basis of parameters established and provided to the Panel by the Committee. 5983 The Panel on Fusion Target Physics will prepare a report that will assess the current 5984 performance of fusion targets associated with various ICF concepts in order to 5985 understand: 5986 1. The spectrum output; A-7
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PREPUBLICATION COPY--SUBJECT TO FURTHER EDITORIAL CORRECTION 5987 2. The illumination geometry; 5988 3. The high-gain geometry; and 5989 4. The robustness of the target design. 5990 5991 The Panel will also address the potential impacts of the use and development of 5992 current concepts for Inertial Fusion Energy on the proliferation of nuclear weapons 5993 information and technology, as appropriate. The Panel will examine technology 5994 options, but will not provide recommendations specific to any currently operating or 5995 proposed ICF facility. A-8