The next generation of large scale fusion devices - ITER/LMJ/NIF – will
require diagnostic components to operate in environments far more severe than those
encountered in present facilities. This harsh environment will be induced by fluxes of
neutrons, gamma rays, energetic ions, electromagnetic radiation, and in some cases debris and schrapnel, at levels several orders of magnitude higher than those experienced in today’s devices. For several years the question of possible synergy between inertial and the magnetic confinement research has been pursued by members of the respective communities. A first joint workshop specifically devoted to the identification and promotion of these synergies was organized in France, at Aix-en-Provence from June 27th to 29th, 2007. The workshop was attended by about 50 invited specialists. The participants identified a number of subject areas where common overlapping interests could benefit from additional interactions and meetings: windows, optical fibres, mirrors, cables, electronic components and 14 MeV neutron sources. In this paper we summarise the findings of these working groups. We put the discussion into context by including a brief description of the environments and the physical effects that have to be handled.