Anomalous intense driver (AID) concept

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An optimized electron bunching mechanism is utilized to efficiently couple the energy of a 5 to 100 MeV, 1 to 30 TW electron beam into a 3 to 50 cm/sup 3/ plasma of electron density 10/sup 17/ to 10/sup 20/ cm-/sup 3/. An efficient coupling of beam energy and momentum to the plasma is possible due to the relativistic nature of the beam dynamics combined with the short wavelength of the bunching mechanism in a high-density plasma. The rapidly produced multi-kilovolt plasma can be used directly to develop a pulsed neutron and x-ray source. Alternatively, the plasma can be used ... continued below

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Thode, L.E. March 1, 1980.

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An optimized electron bunching mechanism is utilized to efficiently couple the energy of a 5 to 100 MeV, 1 to 30 TW electron beam into a 3 to 50 cm/sup 3/ plasma of electron density 10/sup 17/ to 10/sup 20/ cm-/sup 3/. An efficient coupling of beam energy and momentum to the plasma is possible due to the relativistic nature of the beam dynamics combined with the short wavelength of the bunching mechanism in a high-density plasma. The rapidly produced multi-kilovolt plasma can be used directly to develop a pulsed neutron and x-ray source. Alternatively, the plasma can be used to drive a hierarchy of inertial confinement or x-ray devices. Utilizing this novel concept, controlled thermonuclear fusion may be achievable within present or near term relativistic electron beam technology.

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  • Report No.: LA-7715-MS
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • DOI: 10.2172/5496911 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 5496911
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1093537

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Thode, L.E. Anomalous intense driver (AID) concept, report, March 1, 1980; New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1093537/: accessed July 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.