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Title: Laser or charged-particle-beam fusion reactor with direct electric generation by magnetic flux compression

Abstract

A high-power-density-laser or charged-particle-beam fusion reactor system maximizes the directed kinetic energy imparted to a large mass of liquid lithium by a centrally located fusion target. A fusion target is embedded in a large mass of lithium, of sufficient radius to act as a tritium breeding blanket, and provided with ports for the access of beam energy to implode the target. The directed kinetic energy is converted directly to electricity with high efficiency by work done against a pulsed magnetic field applied exterior to the lithium. Because the system maximizes the blanket thickness per unit volume of lithium, neutron-induced radioactivities in the reaction chamber wall are several orders of magnitude less than is typical of other fusion reactor systems. 25 figs.

Inventors:
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (USA)
OSTI Identifier:
7029330
Patent Number(s):
-US-A6016903
Assignee:
LLNL; EDB-88-182054
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-48
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Other Information: Portions of this document are illegible in microfiche products
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; LASER FUSION REACTORS; DESIGN; PARTICLE BEAM FUSION ACCELERATOR; BREEDING BLANKETS; DIRECT ENERGY CONVERSION; ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEMS; INVENTIONS; LITHIUM; MAGNETIC FIELDS; ACCELERATORS; ALKALI METALS; CONVERSION; ELEMENTS; ENERGY CONVERSION; ENERGY SYSTEMS; METALS; REACTOR COMPONENTS; THERMONUCLEAR REACTORS; 700208* - Fusion Power Plant Technology- Inertial Confinement Technology

Citation Formats

Lasche, G.P. Laser or charged-particle-beam fusion reactor with direct electric generation by magnetic flux compression. United States: N. p., 1987. Web.
Lasche, G.P. Laser or charged-particle-beam fusion reactor with direct electric generation by magnetic flux compression. United States.
Lasche, G.P. Fri . "Laser or charged-particle-beam fusion reactor with direct electric generation by magnetic flux compression". United States.
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abstractNote = {A high-power-density-laser or charged-particle-beam fusion reactor system maximizes the directed kinetic energy imparted to a large mass of liquid lithium by a centrally located fusion target. A fusion target is embedded in a large mass of lithium, of sufficient radius to act as a tritium breeding blanket, and provided with ports for the access of beam energy to implode the target. The directed kinetic energy is converted directly to electricity with high efficiency by work done against a pulsed magnetic field applied exterior to the lithium. Because the system maximizes the blanket thickness per unit volume of lithium, neutron-induced radioactivities in the reaction chamber wall are several orders of magnitude less than is typical of other fusion reactor systems. 25 figs.},
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year = {1987},
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