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Title: Nuclear fusion in gases of deuterium clusters heated with a femtosecond laser

Abstract

Recent experiments on the interaction of intense, ultrafast pulses with large van der Waals bonded clusters have shown that these clusters can explode with substantial kinetic energy. Producing explosions in deuterium clusters with a 35 fs laser pulse, deuterium ions were accelerated to sufficient kinetic energy to drive deuterium-deuterium (DD) nuclear fusion. By diagnosing the fusion yield through measurements of 2.45 MeV fusion neutrons, over 10{sup 4} neutrons per laser shot were measured when 100 mJ of laser energy is used. (c) 2000 American Institute of Physics.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [1]
  1. Laser Program, L-477 Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Livermore, California 94550 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
20216063
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Physics of Plasmas
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 7; Journal Issue: 5; Other Information: PBD: May 2000; Journal ID: ISSN 1070-664X
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; DEUTERIUM; LASER RADIATION; INERTIAL CONFINEMENT; PLASMA DIAGNOSTICS; LASER FUSION REACTORS; NEUTRONS; PLASMA CONFINEMENT; ATOMIC CLUSTERS; EXPERIMENTAL DATA

Citation Formats

Ditmire, T., Zweiback, J., Yanovsky, V. P., Cowan, T. E., Hays, G., and Wharton, K. B. Nuclear fusion in gases of deuterium clusters heated with a femtosecond laser. United States: N. p., 2000. Web. doi:10.1063/1.874020.
Ditmire, T., Zweiback, J., Yanovsky, V. P., Cowan, T. E., Hays, G., & Wharton, K. B. Nuclear fusion in gases of deuterium clusters heated with a femtosecond laser. United States. doi:10.1063/1.874020.
Ditmire, T., Zweiback, J., Yanovsky, V. P., Cowan, T. E., Hays, G., and Wharton, K. B. Mon . "Nuclear fusion in gases of deuterium clusters heated with a femtosecond laser". United States. doi:10.1063/1.874020.
@article{osti_20216063,
title = {Nuclear fusion in gases of deuterium clusters heated with a femtosecond laser},
author = {Ditmire, T. and Zweiback, J. and Yanovsky, V. P. and Cowan, T. E. and Hays, G. and Wharton, K. B.},
abstractNote = {Recent experiments on the interaction of intense, ultrafast pulses with large van der Waals bonded clusters have shown that these clusters can explode with substantial kinetic energy. Producing explosions in deuterium clusters with a 35 fs laser pulse, deuterium ions were accelerated to sufficient kinetic energy to drive deuterium-deuterium (DD) nuclear fusion. By diagnosing the fusion yield through measurements of 2.45 MeV fusion neutrons, over 10{sup 4} neutrons per laser shot were measured when 100 mJ of laser energy is used. (c) 2000 American Institute of Physics.},
doi = {10.1063/1.874020},
journal = {Physics of Plasmas},
issn = {1070-664X},
number = 5,
volume = 7,
place = {United States},
year = {2000},
month = {5}
}