POPA Reports

The APS Panel on Public Affairs (POPA) initiates in-depth studies on topics ranging from energy and environment to national security issues. In this process, POPA takes the lead — subject to Council approval — in securing outside funding and establishing the Study Group. The final decision on the release of the study is made by the Council, with advice from POPA and from a Review Panel appointed by the Council.

In addition to these large-scale studies, members of POPA have carried out smaller studies, some of which have led to informal reports. These reports, when read and accepted by POPA (but not reviewed with the formality of APS Studies), become POPA Reports.


2016

POPA Helium ReportResponding to the U.S. Research Community's Liquid Helium Crisis
October 2016
A report by the APS Panel on Public Affairs, Materials Research Society, and the American Chemical Society.


2013

Renewing Licenses for the Nation's Nuclear Power Plants Renewing Licenses for the Nation's Nuclear Power Plants
December 2013
A Report by the APS Panel on Public Affairs.

A Technical Review: The Domestic Nuclear Detection Office Transformational and Applied Research Directorate R&D Program A Technical Review: The Domestic Nuclear Detection Office Transformational and Applied Research Directorate R&D Program
August 2013
A Report from the APS Panel on Public Affairs Committee and the IEEE.

U.S.-Russian Nuclear Reductions After New START: Summary of a Workshop Exploring Next Steps U.S.-Russian Nuclear Reductions After New START: Summary of a Workshop Exploring Next Steps
June 2013
A Report from the APS Panel on Public Affairs Committee and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).


2011

Energy Critical Elements: Securing Materials for Emerging Technologies Energy Critical Elements: Securing Materials for Emerging Technologies
February 2011
A Report from the APS Panel on Public Affairs Committee and the Materials Research Society (MRS).


2010

Integrating Renewable Electricity on the Grid Integrating Renewable Electricity on the Grid
November 2010
A Report from the APS Panel on Public Affairs Committee on Energy & Environment.

Technical Steps to Support Nuclear Arsenal Downsizing Technical Steps to Support Nuclear Arsenal Downsizing
February 2010
A Report from the APS Panel on Public Affairs.


2008

Nuclear Weapons in 21st Century US National SecurityNuclear Weapons in 21st Century U.S. National Security
November 2008
A Joint Report of AAAS, American Physical Society, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Readiness of the U.S. Nuclear Workforce for 21st Century Challenges Readiness of the U.S. Nuclear Workforce for 21st Century Challenges
June 2008
A Report from the APS Panel on Public Affairs Committee on Energy & Environment.

Nuclear Forensics: Role, State of the Art, Program Needs Nuclear Forensics - Role, State of the Art, Program Needs
February 2008
Prepared by the Joint Working Group of American Physical Society (APS) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).


2007

Challenges of Electricity Storage Techniques Challenges of Electricity Storage Technologies
May 2007
A report from the APS Panel on Public Affairs Committee on Energy & Environment.

Consolidated Interim Storage of Commercial Spent Nuclear Fuel Consolidated Interim Storage of Commercial Spent Nuclear Fuel
February 2007
A technical and programmatic assessment by the APS Panel on Public Affairs.


2005

Nuclear Power Proliferation ResistanceNuclear Power and Proliferation Resistance
May 2005
A report by the Nuclear Energy Study Group of the APS Panel on Public Affairs.


2004

The Moon-Mars Program The Moon-Mars Program format_pdf  November 2004
A report by American Physical Society Special Committee on NASA Funding for Astrophysics.

The Modern Pit Facility The Modern Pit Facility (MPF) format_pdf
April 2004
A discussion paper drafted by the National Security Subcommittee of the APS Panel on Public Affairs.

The Hydrogen Initiative The Hydrogen Initiative
March 2004
A discussion paper drafted by the Energy Subcommittee of the APS Panel on Public Affairs.


2001

Nuclear Energy: Present Technology, Safety, and Future Directions Nuclear Energy: Present Technology, Safety, and Future Directions: A Status Report format_pdf
November 2001
This paper reviews the methods used to analyze the safety of reactors and presents a description of the new designs.


2000

Report of the APS Advisory Committee for Technical Studies on National Missile Defense Report of the APS Advisory Committee for Technical Studies on National Missile Defense
December 2000
A report of the APS Advisory Committee for Technical Studies on National Missile Defense appointed by the APS President.


1998

Physics, Technology, and Economic GrowthPhysics, Technology and Economic Growth format_pdf
March 1998
Prepared by the Science, Technology, and Economic Growth Committee of the APS Panel on Public Affairs.


1996

The Current Energy Situation & Background Papers The Current Energy Situation & Background Papers
September 1996
A paper written by members of the APS Panel on Public Affairs Subcommittee on Energy & Enivronment.

Background Paper in Support of the American Physical Society's Statement on Conservation of Helium Background Paper in Support of the American Physical Society's Statement on Conservation of Helium
April 1996
A background paper preapred by members of the APS Panel on Public Affairs.


1995

Power Line Fields and Public Health Power Line Fields and Public Health
April 1995