Fusion Science and Technology / Volume 41 / Number 3P2 / May 2002 / Pages 339-345
Plenary / Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Tritium Science and Technology Tsukuba, Japan November 12-16, 2001
Since the last international tritium conference in 1995 the US continues its active interest in better understanding tritium and in using it safely and efficiently. US governmental tritium interests center around five major activities: 1) inertial confinement fusion, 2) fusion energy sciences (both magnetic and inertial), 3) tritium facility decontamination and decommissioning, 4) tritium production and 5) national defense applications. While the US interests have, roughly speaking, stayed the same, there have been significant changes in the US tritium community. There have been shifts in program emphases and changes in US tritium facilities with certain facilities either shutdown or being shutdown, and with new facilities under construction. This paper will provide an-overview of the US tritium activities and associated facilities.