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Title: The National Ignition Facility - Applications for Inertial Fusion Energy and High Energy Density Science

Abstract

Over the past several decades, significant and steady progress has been made in the development of fusion energy and its associated technology and in the understanding of the physics of high-temperature plasmas. While the demonstration of net fusion energy (fusion energy production exceeding that required to heat and confine the plasma) remains a task for the next millennia and while challenges remain, this progress has significantly increased confidence that the ultimate goal of societally acceptable (e.g. cost, safety, environmental considerations including waste disposal) central power production can be achieved. This progress has been shared by the two principal approaches to controlled thermonuclear fusion--magnetic confinement (MFE) and inertial confinement (ICF). ICF, the focus of this article, is complementary and symbiotic to MFE. As shown, ICF invokes spherical implosion of the fuel to achieve high density, pressures, and temperatures, inertially confining the plasma for times sufficient long (t {approx} 10{sup -10} sec) that {approx} 30% of the fuel undergoes thermonuclear fusion.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (US)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Defense Programs (DP) (US)
OSTI Identifier:
791695
Report Number(s):
UCRL-JC-135355
Journal ID: ISSN 0741--3335; TRN: US0300849
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-Eng-48
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Journal Volume: 41; Journal Issue: 12B; Conference: 26th European Physical Society Conference on Controlled Fusion and Plasma Physics, Maastricht (NL), 06/14/1999--06/18/1999; Other Information: PBD: 12 Aug 1999
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; CONFINEMENT; ENERGY DENSITY; IMPLOSIONS; INERTIAL CONFINEMENT; PHYSICS; PLASMA; PRODUCTION; SAFETY; THERMONUCLEAR REACTORS; US NATIONAL IGNITION FACILITY; WASTE DISPOSAL

Citation Formats

Campbell, E M, and Hogan, W J. The National Ignition Facility - Applications for Inertial Fusion Energy and High Energy Density Science. United States: N. p., 1999. Web. doi:10.1088/0741-3335/41/12B/303.
Campbell, E M, & Hogan, W J. The National Ignition Facility - Applications for Inertial Fusion Energy and High Energy Density Science. United States. doi:10.1088/0741-3335/41/12B/303.
Campbell, E M, and Hogan, W J. Thu . "The National Ignition Facility - Applications for Inertial Fusion Energy and High Energy Density Science". United States. doi:10.1088/0741-3335/41/12B/303. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/791695.
@article{osti_791695,
title = {The National Ignition Facility - Applications for Inertial Fusion Energy and High Energy Density Science},
author = {Campbell, E M and Hogan, W J},
abstractNote = {Over the past several decades, significant and steady progress has been made in the development of fusion energy and its associated technology and in the understanding of the physics of high-temperature plasmas. While the demonstration of net fusion energy (fusion energy production exceeding that required to heat and confine the plasma) remains a task for the next millennia and while challenges remain, this progress has significantly increased confidence that the ultimate goal of societally acceptable (e.g. cost, safety, environmental considerations including waste disposal) central power production can be achieved. This progress has been shared by the two principal approaches to controlled thermonuclear fusion--magnetic confinement (MFE) and inertial confinement (ICF). ICF, the focus of this article, is complementary and symbiotic to MFE. As shown, ICF invokes spherical implosion of the fuel to achieve high density, pressures, and temperatures, inertially confining the plasma for times sufficient long (t {approx} 10{sup -10} sec) that {approx} 30% of the fuel undergoes thermonuclear fusion.},
doi = {10.1088/0741-3335/41/12B/303},
journal = {},
issn = {0741--3335},
number = 12B,
volume = 41,
place = {United States},
year = {1999},
month = {8}
}

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