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Title: Method of achieving the controlled release of thermonuclear energy

Abstract

A method of achieving the controlled release of thermonuclear energy by illuminating a minute, solid density, hollow shell of a mixture of material such as deuterium and tritium with a high intensity, uniformly converging laser wave to effect an extremely rapid build-up of energy in inwardly traveling shock waves to implode the shell creating thermonuclear conditions causing a reaction of deuterons and tritons and a resultant high energy thermonuclear burn. Utilizing the resulting energy as a thermal source and to breed tritium or plutonium. The invention also contemplates a laser source wherein the flux level is increased with time to reduce the initial shock heating of fuel and provide maximum compression after implosion; and, in addition, computations and an equation are provided to enable the selection of a design having a high degree of stability and a dependable fusion performance by establishing a proper relationship between the laser energy input and the size and character of the selected material for the fusion capsule.

Inventors:
 [1]
  1. Ann Arbor, MI
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
865965
Patent Number(s):
4608222
Assignee:
KMS Fusion, Inc. (Ann Arbor, MI)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
Y - NEW / CROSS SECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES Y02 - TECHNOLOGIES OR APPLICATIONS FOR MITIGATION OR ADAPTATION AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE Y02E - REDUCTION OF GREENHOUSE GAS [GHG] EMISSIONS, RELATED TO ENERGY GENERATION, TRANSMISSION OR DISTRIBUTION
G - PHYSICS G21 - NUCLEAR PHYSICS G21B - FUSION REACTORS
DOE Contract Number:  
AT(49-2)-3001
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
method; achieving; controlled; release; thermonuclear; energy; illuminating; minute; solid; density; hollow; shell; mixture; material; deuterium; tritium; intensity; uniformly; converging; laser; wave; effect; extremely; rapid; build-up; inwardly; traveling; shock; waves; implode; creating; conditions; causing; reaction; deuterons; tritons; resultant; burn; utilizing; resulting; thermal; source; breed; plutonium; contemplates; flux; level; increased; time; reduce; initial; heating; fuel; provide; maximum; compression; implosion; addition; computations; equation; provided; enable; selection; design; degree; stability; dependable; fusion; performance; establishing; proper; relationship; input; size; character; selected; capsule; shock waves; shock wave; laser source; laser energy; provide maximum; controlled release; energy input; selected material; thermonuclear energy; nuclear energy; hollow shell; extremely rapid; thermal source; /376/

Citation Formats

Brueckner, Keith A. Method of achieving the controlled release of thermonuclear energy. United States: N. p., 1986. Web.
Brueckner, Keith A. Method of achieving the controlled release of thermonuclear energy. United States.
Brueckner, Keith A. Wed . "Method of achieving the controlled release of thermonuclear energy". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/865965.
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abstractNote = {A method of achieving the controlled release of thermonuclear energy by illuminating a minute, solid density, hollow shell of a mixture of material such as deuterium and tritium with a high intensity, uniformly converging laser wave to effect an extremely rapid build-up of energy in inwardly traveling shock waves to implode the shell creating thermonuclear conditions causing a reaction of deuterons and tritons and a resultant high energy thermonuclear burn. Utilizing the resulting energy as a thermal source and to breed tritium or plutonium. The invention also contemplates a laser source wherein the flux level is increased with time to reduce the initial shock heating of fuel and provide maximum compression after implosion; and, in addition, computations and an equation are provided to enable the selection of a design having a high degree of stability and a dependable fusion performance by establishing a proper relationship between the laser energy input and the size and character of the selected material for the fusion capsule.},
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year = {1986},
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