Mission

The NSTX Upgrade research program consists of several
overlapping and complementary mission elements:

 
 
  • Advance the spherical tokamak (ST) as a candidate for a Fusion Nuclear Science Facility (FNSF), i.e. a ST-FNSF

 

 
 


  • Develop solutions for the plasma-material interface, including the snowflake divertor and lithium / liquid metal plasma facing components (PFCs)
 

 
  • Advance toroidal confinement physics predictive capability for ITER and beyond
 

  

  • Develop the ST for fusion energy production, for example in an ST Pilot Plant