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Title: Ignition and Inertial Confinement Fusion at The National Ignition Facility

Abstract

The National Ignition Facility (NIF), the world's largest and most powerful laser system for inertial confinement fusion (ICF) and for studying high-energy-density (HED) science, is now operational at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). The NIF is now conducting experiments to commission the laser drive, the hohlraum and the capsule and to develop the infrastructure needed to begin the first ignition experiments in FY 2010. Demonstration of ignition and thermonuclear burn in the laboratory is a major NIF goal. NIF will achieve this by concentrating the energy from the 192 beams into a mm{sup 3}-sized target and igniting a deuterium-tritium mix, liberating more energy than is required to initiate the fusion reaction. NIF's ignition program is a national effort managed via the National Ignition Campaign (NIC). The NIC has two major goals: execution of DT ignition experiments starting in FY2010 with the goal of demonstrating ignition and a reliable, repeatable ignition platform by the conclusion of the NIC at the end of FY2012. The NIC will also develop the infrastructure and the processes required to operate NIF as a national user facility. The achievement of ignition at NIF will demonstrate the scientific feasibility of ICF and focus worldwide attention on lasermore » fusion as a viable energy option. A laser fusion-based energy concept that builds on NIF, known as LIFE (Laser Inertial Fusion Energy), is currently under development. LIFE is inherently safe and can provide a global carbon-free energy generation solution in the 21st century. This paper describes recent progress on NIF, NIC, and the LIFE concept.« less

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
967715
Report Number(s):
LLNL-CONF-417774
TRN: US0904531
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-48
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Presented at: Inertial Fusion and Science Applications, San Francisco, CA, United States, Sep 06 - Sep 11, 2009
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING; IGNITION; INERTIAL CONFINEMENT; LASERS; LAWRENCE LIVERMORE NATIONAL LABORATORY; TARGETS; US NATIONAL IGNITION FACILITY

Citation Formats

Moses, E. Ignition and Inertial Confinement Fusion at The National Ignition Facility. United States: N. p., 2009. Web. doi:10.1142/9781911299660_0032.
Moses, E. Ignition and Inertial Confinement Fusion at The National Ignition Facility. United States. https://doi.org/10.1142/9781911299660_0032
Moses, E. 2009. "Ignition and Inertial Confinement Fusion at The National Ignition Facility". United States. https://doi.org/10.1142/9781911299660_0032. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/967715.
@article{osti_967715,
title = {Ignition and Inertial Confinement Fusion at The National Ignition Facility},
author = {Moses, E},
abstractNote = {The National Ignition Facility (NIF), the world's largest and most powerful laser system for inertial confinement fusion (ICF) and for studying high-energy-density (HED) science, is now operational at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). The NIF is now conducting experiments to commission the laser drive, the hohlraum and the capsule and to develop the infrastructure needed to begin the first ignition experiments in FY 2010. Demonstration of ignition and thermonuclear burn in the laboratory is a major NIF goal. NIF will achieve this by concentrating the energy from the 192 beams into a mm{sup 3}-sized target and igniting a deuterium-tritium mix, liberating more energy than is required to initiate the fusion reaction. NIF's ignition program is a national effort managed via the National Ignition Campaign (NIC). The NIC has two major goals: execution of DT ignition experiments starting in FY2010 with the goal of demonstrating ignition and a reliable, repeatable ignition platform by the conclusion of the NIC at the end of FY2012. The NIC will also develop the infrastructure and the processes required to operate NIF as a national user facility. The achievement of ignition at NIF will demonstrate the scientific feasibility of ICF and focus worldwide attention on laser fusion as a viable energy option. A laser fusion-based energy concept that builds on NIF, known as LIFE (Laser Inertial Fusion Energy), is currently under development. LIFE is inherently safe and can provide a global carbon-free energy generation solution in the 21st century. This paper describes recent progress on NIF, NIC, and the LIFE concept.},
doi = {10.1142/9781911299660_0032},
url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/967715}, journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2009},
month = {10}
}

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