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Title: The Heavy Ion Fusion Program in the U.S.A.

Abstract

Inertial fusion energy research has enjoyed increased interest and funding. This has allowed expanded programs in target design, target fabrication, fusion chamber research, target injection and tracking, and accelerator research. The target design effort examines ways to minimize the beam power and energy and increase the allowable focal spot size while preserving target gain. Chamber research for heavy ion fusion emphasizes the use of thick liquid walls to serve as the coolant, breed tritium, and protect the structural wall from neutrons, photons, and other target products. Several small facilities are now operating to model fluid chamber dynamics. A facility to study target injection and tracking has been built and a second facility is being designed. Improved economics is an important goal of the accelerator research. The accelerator research is also directed toward the design of an Integrated Research Experiment (IRE). The IRE is being designed to accelerate ions to >100 MeV, enabling experiments in beam dynamics, focusing, and target physics. Activities leading to the IRE include ion source development and a High Current Experiment (HCX) designed to transport and accelerate a single beam of ions with a beam current of approximately 1 A, the initial current required for each beammore » of a fusion driver. In terms of theory, the program is developing a source-to-target numerical simulation capability. The goal of the entire program is to enable an informed decision about the promise of heavy ion fusion in about a decade.« less

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab., CA (US)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Director, Office of Science (US)
OSTI Identifier:
771937
Report Number(s):
LBNL-46933; HIFAN 1073
R&D Project: Z46010; TRN: US0100914
DOE Contract Number:  
AC03-76SF00098
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: IAEA, Sorrento (IT), 10/04/2000--10/14/2000; Other Information: PBD: 3 Oct 2000
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; BEAM CURRENTS; BEAM DYNAMICS; HEAVY IONS; ION SOURCES; THERMONUCLEAR REACTORS; DESIGN; HEAVY ION ACCELERATORS; HEAVY ION FUSION REACTIONS; RESEARCH PROGRAMS

Citation Formats

Bangerter, R.O., Davidson, R.C., Herrmannsfeldt, W.B., Lindl, J.D., Logan, B.G., and Meier, W.R.. The Heavy Ion Fusion Program in the U.S.A.. United States: N. p., 2000. Web.
Bangerter, R.O., Davidson, R.C., Herrmannsfeldt, W.B., Lindl, J.D., Logan, B.G., & Meier, W.R.. The Heavy Ion Fusion Program in the U.S.A.. United States.
Bangerter, R.O., Davidson, R.C., Herrmannsfeldt, W.B., Lindl, J.D., Logan, B.G., and Meier, W.R.. Tue . "The Heavy Ion Fusion Program in the U.S.A.". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/771937.
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title = {The Heavy Ion Fusion Program in the U.S.A.},
author = {Bangerter, R.O. and Davidson, R.C. and Herrmannsfeldt, W.B. and Lindl, J.D. and Logan, B.G. and Meier, W.R.},
abstractNote = {Inertial fusion energy research has enjoyed increased interest and funding. This has allowed expanded programs in target design, target fabrication, fusion chamber research, target injection and tracking, and accelerator research. The target design effort examines ways to minimize the beam power and energy and increase the allowable focal spot size while preserving target gain. Chamber research for heavy ion fusion emphasizes the use of thick liquid walls to serve as the coolant, breed tritium, and protect the structural wall from neutrons, photons, and other target products. Several small facilities are now operating to model fluid chamber dynamics. A facility to study target injection and tracking has been built and a second facility is being designed. Improved economics is an important goal of the accelerator research. The accelerator research is also directed toward the design of an Integrated Research Experiment (IRE). The IRE is being designed to accelerate ions to >100 MeV, enabling experiments in beam dynamics, focusing, and target physics. Activities leading to the IRE include ion source development and a High Current Experiment (HCX) designed to transport and accelerate a single beam of ions with a beam current of approximately 1 A, the initial current required for each beam of a fusion driver. In terms of theory, the program is developing a source-to-target numerical simulation capability. The goal of the entire program is to enable an informed decision about the promise of heavy ion fusion in about a decade.},
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place = {United States},
year = {Tue Oct 03 00:00:00 EDT 2000},
month = {Tue Oct 03 00:00:00 EDT 2000}
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