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Subject: Conventional Fusion FAQ Section 8/11 (Internet Resources)
This article was archived around: 14 Nov 1999 10:27:58 GMT
Disclaimer: While this section is still evolving, it should
be useful to many people, and I encourage you to distribute
it to anyone who might be interested (and willing to help!!!).
8. Internet Information Resources
# This FAQ deals with conventional fusion only, not Cold Fusion. #
Last Revised February 26,1995
Written by Robert F. Heeter, email@example.com, unless otherwise cited.
What follows is a listing of many, but not all, of the fusion
energy/research information resources available via the internet.
*** A. Newsgroups:
- this latter is for plasma science discussions,
not for fusion issues.
Sci.physics.fusion postings have been archived on a couple
of internet sites. For more information see the sections
on WAIS and Anonymous FTP below.
*** B. WAIS (Wide-Area Information Server) Databases
[ Information on the sunsite.unc.edu WAIS database provided
by Chuck Harrison, firstname.lastname@example.org ]
* sunsite.unc.edu has a searchable WAIS archive of all postings
on sci.physics.fusion (1989-present). According to Chuck
Harrison (email@example.com), "WAIS access means it is
*searchable* on free-text keywords, which means alot when
you're trying to find old vaguely-recollected postings from
the 30MB or so of archive. I created the thing because I
found that hunting through the vm1.nodak.edu [anonymous FTP
site, see below ] archives by ftp was prohibitively
time-consuming, so I suspect anyone who *wants* to look in
the newsgroup history (who knows why? ;-) ) should try
the WAIS database first if they have access (e.g. swais,
WWW, gopher, or telnet to sunsite)."
* Accessing the sunsite archives - directions:
[ The information below is straight from Chuck Harrison ]
1. If you are directly connected to Internet, you can
log onto a public WAIS server at the University of North
TERM = (unknown) vt100
It takes a minute to load ...
<use ? for online help>
<use /fusion to locate the fusion-digest source>
<follow the prompts to select the source and enter your
keywords for searching>
2. If you have a "gopher" client, you can use it for WAIS
access. Many university campuses provide gopher as a
public information service.
2a. On most systems, you first select an option
labeled "Other Systems", then from that menu
select "WAIS based information". Since each
gopher site creates its own menus, I can't tell
you exactly where to go from there.
2b. If you can gopher to SunSITE, at UNC, navigate
the menus down thru SunSITE archives..All
[ Sometimes conventional fusion comes second! ]
2c. If you can 'telnet' but not 'gopher', you may telnet
to sunsite.unc.edu and login as 'gopher'. Then follow
2a or 2b above.
3. If you have World Wide Web (WWW) browser, such as
Mosaic, Cello, or Lynx, you may use the following URL:
wais://sunsite.unc.edu/fusion-digest (newsgroup archive)
[ More info on other Gopher and WWW resources is given below. ]
4. If you have a WAIS client on your system (the most common
ones are "swais" -- character-based, and "xwais" -- for
X-Windows), use it.
*** C. World-Wide Web:
* Much of the public-domain fusion info is now available
via WWW: At this time, it appears that most of the
major U.S. fusion research labs have information available
on the Web, and the amount of available information is
growing rapidly. Available materials include basic
fusion information, all sorts of pictures, information
about each lab's research projects, and more.
* Navigating the Web is a little hard to explain, but for fusion,
the easiest way to start is to go to the Department of Energy's
Office of Fusion Energy page. (Address given below.) From here,
you can (I think) move upwards within DOE to the Office of
Energy Research, or downwards to many of the fusion labs.
Alternatively, once you know the "URL" addresses of a lab's WWW
documents, you can open them up directly with the "Open URL"
* Address (temporary) for this FAQ: http://www.pppl.gov/~rfheeter
* Some of the Principal Fusion / Plasma URL addresses to try:
http://wwwofe.er.doe.gov/ (Office of Fusion Energy)
http://www-plasma.umd.edu (Plasma Science Home Page)
http://www.pppl.gov/ (Princeton Plasma Physics Lab)
http://demo-www.gat.com/ (General Atomics / DIII-D)
http://www-phys.llnl.gov/X_Div/index.html (Livermore's ICF Group)
http://www.jet.uk/ (Joint European Torus)
* Additional Web Sites that may be of Interest:
http://cmfd.univ.trieste.it/cmfd.html (Trieste, Italy, MHD Site)
http://cmod2.pfc.mit.edu/ (MIT Plasma Fusion Center)
http://w3fusion.ph.utexas.edu/frc.html (U. Texas Fusion Res. Center)
http://www.ornl.gov/divisions/fusion_energy.html (ORNL Fusion Division)
(Apologies to those labs I left off this list; I figured this
would give anyone interested a decent start, and then the rest
of the labs are easy to get to.)
*** D. Gopher:
* Garching (Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics):
The host is uts.ipp-garching.mpg.de (Port: 70)
Or, from the top: Gopher -> Europe -> Germany
-> Information Servers in Germany
-> MPI fuer Plasmaphysik Garching-Gopher
(and, if you like, -> IPP Information)
According to Art Carlson at Garching:
"It's probably not very useful, since most of the info,
press releases and the like, is in German. There is
other *great stuff* on the computer, like drawings
of ASDEX-Upgrade and time schedules, but it's not
publicly available (as far as I know)."
* University of Texas - Austin:
Gopher -> North America -> USA -> Texas
-> University of Texas Austin Fusion Studies
(Machine name is hagar.ph.utexas.edu)
This gopher server has a variety of material regarding
physics and fusion, including archives of the periodic
status reports for TFTR, Alcator C-Mod, and TEXT-U.
This is also accessible via Mosaic with the URL
gopher://hagar.ph.utexas.edu/1, I believe.
* There are also a large number of Gopher sites which have
partial or complete archives of the Fusion FAQ postings.
A Veronica search on Fri, 2 Dec 1994, yielded a large list.
I would recommend accessing MIT's gopher server and finding
rtfm.mit.edu, then looking in /pub/usenet/news.answers/fusion-faq.
If you aren't able to connect to rtfm, you can certainly find
the fusion faq via your own Veronica search, too.
*** E. Anonymous FTP Sites:
Sunsite also collects the fusion digests archiving
the sci.physics.fusion, in the directory
The recent digest files are in subdirectories whose
names begin with "fd," and the older stuff is
archived by year in files fd89, fd90, etc...
This material is also available under WAIS (see 8A).
This site has the complete archive of
the sci.physics.fusion newsgroup, from its inception.
In particular, this FAQ is (will soon be) archived here.
To log in: use the username anonymous, type your
email address as the password, and then type "cd fusion"
to get to the fusion directory. Beware: the index is
large! To download something enter "get" and then
the name of the file you want.
This is the primary archive for the FAQ, at least in
the United States. The latest version of a given
section FAQ crossposted to sci.answers or news.answers
can be found somewhere in either
(Sections with multiple parts have subdirectories.)
Here you can find fusion-related GIF images.
As for vm1.nodak.edu, log in anonymously, then cd to
the directory /pub/fusion, and "get" what you want.
There are other FTP archive sites for the FAQ as well.
A list of these is included in Section 0, Part 1 (Intro).
*** F. LISTSERV ("FTP by email"):
vm1.nodak.edu also works as a listserver:
"You get a (large) index of the archives by sending
an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with a blank
SUBJECT line, and the "message" 'index fusion'. To get
any one of these files, you then send to the same address
the message, e.g., "get fusion 91-00487", etc, according
to what you're after."
-- quoting Dieter Britz, BRITZ@kemi.aau.dk
To obtain the FAQ, rtfm.mit.edu also works as a listserver:
If you do not have direct access by WWW or FTP, the
rtfm.mit.edu site supports "ftp by mail": send a message
to email@example.com with the following lines
in it (cut-and-paste if you like):
The mail server will send these two introductory
files to you. You can then use the outline (part2)
to determine which files you want. You can receive
any or all of the remaining files by sending another
message with the relevant lines from the following list:
(Delete those lines which correspond to files you don't want.)
While there are many files, the full FAQ is not more than
a megabyte in size, so it is not excessively huge.
Please note that several files (section9, for instance)
are omitted from the above list; this is because they
are still being written and are not yet available.
*** G. Electronic Bulletins
* TFTR Updates - published occasionally by Rich Hawryluk,
forwarded automatically to sci.physics.fusion and sci.physics.plasma.
Also distributed via electronic mailing list.
* Alcator C-Mod Weekly Updates - posted by MIT researchers to
sci.physics.fusion and sci.physics.plasma periodically.
* TPX Updates - published occasionally by Rob Goldston,
forwarded automatically to sci.physics.fusion. Also distributed
via electronic mailing list.
*** H. Individuals Willing to Provide Additional Information
Many of the participants on sci.physics.fusion are conventional/hot
fusion researchers. Many names and email addresses are to be found
as sources for various slices of the FAQ, and so on. (See the
acknowledgements for a more-or-less complete list of contributors.)
A few people have expressed a willingness to serve as sources for
people seeking additional literature, such as laboratory reports,
pamphlets, and assorted other documents. What follows is a short
* Robert F. Heeter, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Graduate Student at Princeton -
I have the FAQ, all sorts of archived postings and additional
information used to generate the FAQ, a bunch of PPPL literature,
a set of quicktime movies made from television coverage of the
TFTR D-T runs (and GIFs from the QT movies), and access to just
about anyone here at PPPL who would have something I don't have.
* Joe T. Chew, email@example.com
- Physicist at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory -
"I've also got a variety of pamphlets put out by this or that
lab or agency over the years; feel free to give out my address
as a source for photocopies of such things."