CEDAR email: 2017 Solicitation for Basic Plasma Science Facility Runtime

Astrid Maute maute at ucar.edu
Thu Nov 30 05:29:37 MST 2017

*2017 Solicitation for Basic Plasma Science Facility Runtime*

The Basic Plasma Science Facility makes 50% of Large Plasma Device (LAPD)
runtime (around 20 weeks of operation) available to external users. Typical
allocation of runtime to users is 2 weeks of operation per year. Proposals
for runtime can be made through submission of a 3-5 page whitepaper by
December 22, 2017. Whitepapers can be submitted by e-mail to the BaPSF
Director (Troy Carter, tcarter at physics.ucla.edu).

*Whitepaper Format*
Whitepaper proposals should be no more than 5 pages in length and should be
submitted in PDF format. The Whitepaper should contain:

   - A description of the scientific motivation for the experiment. What is
   the intellectual merit of the proposed experiment?
   - A description of the proposed experiment, including required plasma
   parameters and conditions as well as necessary diagnostics and equipment to
   perform the experiment. Note that the BaPSF can provide a wide range of
   diagnostics, wave antennas & power supplies and other equipment. Some
   information about available equipment can be found here:
   http://plasma.physics.ucla.edu/page/equipment.html. Any questions about
   the availability of diagnostics or other equipment for user projects can be
   sent to the BaPSF Director: tcarter at physics.ucla.edu.
   - An estimate of the required experimental run time.
   - Indicate user personnel and staff involved, including the involvement
   of postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students. Broader impacts of the
   proposed work, including student training, will be considered in the
   proposal review process.

The whitepaper should include appropriate references within the 5 page

*Review Process*
Whitepapers submitted under this solicitation will be reviewed by the BaPSF
Council, an independent and external body which advises the Director of the
BaPSF. The Council will provide a prioritized/ranked list of proposals to
the Director, who will use this input to allocate and schedule runtime. The
review process will follow guidelines similar to the NSF review process.
Specifically, the proposals will be evaluated for:

Intellectual merit: What scientific questions will the proposed experiment
address? How likely is the experiment to succeed?

Broader impacts: Will students or junior scientists be provided research
opportunities and training by the proposed work? Does the Proposals are
encouraged that might overlap with proposed work provide enhancements to
the facility that other users will benefit from (e.g. bringing new
diagnostics or other hardware, or establish new experimental techniques)?

The review will be concluded in time to allocate runtime starting February
1, 2018.

*Renewal of previously approved projects*
Projects approved for runtime in the 2017 Solicitation will receive runtime
allocation during the 2017 Calendar Year. It is typical for user projects
to continue for more than one year (e.g. for a graduate student project or
multi-year grant from a federal agency). Those with 2017 allocations can
renew their runtime allocation for up to three years by submitting a short
document describing status and future plans for the project during the 2018
Solicitation (this document should be similar in length to whitepaper

*BaPSF Campaigns *
This solicitation requests proposals for individual user runtime on the
Large Plasma Device. In addition to this runtime, BaPSF offers additional
runtime to two “Campaigns,” which are collaborative projects led by
external scientists. Currently there are two active Campaigns:

*ICRF Campaign*: Focused on issues associated with the use of high power RF
waves for heating and current drive in magnetic confinement devices (e.g.
RF sheaths, novel heating schemes). Led by Rory Perkins (PPPL), (
rperkins at pppl.gov).

*Solar Wind Campaign:* Focused on processes relevant to Solar Wind plasma
(e.g. waves and instabilities in b 1 plasmas, wave-particle correlations).
Led by Greg Howes (U. Iowa) (gregory-howes at uiowa.edu).

Potential users who have ideas that might intersect with these Campaigns
are encouraged to contact the Campaign leaders to discuss whether or not
their ideas could be accomodated in Campaign runtime. Submission of a
proposal to this solicitation is encouraged if such an intersection does
not exist.
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