Preface

This Web site contains all contributed papers to the 26th Conference on Controlled Fusion and Plasma Physics, 14 - 18 June 1999 in Maastricht, The Netherlands.

The conference was organized on behalf of the Plasma Physics Division of the European Physical Society (EPS) by the Partners of the Trilateral Euregio Cluster (TEC) : FOM Rhijnhuizen (The Netherlands), ERM/KMS Brussels (Belguim) and Forschungszentrum Jülich (Germany).

The scientific programme and paper selection was under the responsibility of the International Programme Committee appointed by the Board of the EPS Plasma Physics Division.

The invited papers  will be published as usual as a special issue of Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion. A copy of it will be sent to all registered participants of the conference.

This year (as in the year before) it was decided to publish the contributed papers (oral presentations and posters) on CD-ROM only which will be sent to all participants. The CD-ROM will be published by the EPS  in the series Europhysics Conference Abstracts (ECA) as Volume 23J.

For these contributions PDF (Portable Document Format) was chosen as document format due to its portability and the availability of a number of free PDF viewers.

Last years experiences had shown that preparing the PDF files from original word processor documents like "Word" takes usually an enormous amount of time and requires extensive communication with the authors after the conference. As a consequence the PDF files became available very late.

Most interest for these documents is expected however immediately after the conference.

The Centre de Recherches en Physique des Plasmas (CRPP) at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, has offered to the Local Organizing Committee of this conference an Internet based ELectronic and Interactive Submission Engine (ELISE) to accelerate this procedure and to make PDF versions available shortly after the conference.

In that context the documents have been requested to be prepared and sent by the authors either in PostScript (PS) or PDF format to a Web server which converted these to final PDF files and sent a blue copy for proof reading back to the author. This was done in a cycle until both , the engine (ELISE) and the authors, have been satisfied.

This method required indeed collaboration and some additional work from the authors. Due to the late decision to apply this system, templates have not been available, which was regrettable.
ELISE has made its first run on this conference, was permanently improved and had certainly still some  weaknesses.

With ELISE more than 80% of the expected PDF files have been available even before the conference.

In total 517 abstracts have been expected (515 regular and 2 post deadline papers). 452 have been received in electronic form and 5 as hard copy only, which have been scanned and converted to PDF format.

60 contributions have not been received, nor in electronic form neither as hard copy, and are as such not available on this Web site and will not be published on CD-ROM. Their authors do not appear in the Author Index.

Cross references are given for each document:

  1. to any papers in which the first author is first author again
  2. to any papers in which the first author is second author
  3. to any papers in which the first author is co-author
  4. to any papers in which the second author is first author
  5. to any papers in which the second author is second author again
  6. to any papers in which the second author is co-author

Note however that author names are in the database as they are typed in the papers title!
That means that T.A.Jones figures as a different author from T.Jones and cross referencing might fail in that case.

Some of the papers may appear on your screen a bit "fuzzy" . This is due to the fact that although accepted by ELISE these files had to be reprocessed and have lost their original font type (on screen only !!). They should print however perfectly.
We take this momentary drawback as the price for the short delay of appearance of the documents. This will certainly improve in the future.

We would like to thank all participants for their patience and collaboration - ELISE could become a success only with your help.

I would like to thank Dr. Basil Duval, who gave the basic idea to ELISE, who wrote essential parts of it and who was at the conference confronted to the users and their problems directly.

 

Christoph Nieswand            July 1999

 

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