HEAVY ION INERTIAL FUSION

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Inertial fusion has not yet been as well explored as magnetic fusion but can offer certain advantages as an alternative source of electric energy for the future. Present experiments use high-power beams from lasers and light-ion diodes to compress the deuterium-tritium (D-T) pellets but these will probably be unsuitable for a power plant. A more promising method is to use intense heavy-ion beams from accelerator systems similar to those used for nuclear and high-energy physics; the present paper addresses itself to this alternative. As will be demonstrated the very high beam power needed poses new design questions, from the ion ... continued below

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Keefe, D. & Sessler, A.M. July 1, 1980.

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Inertial fusion has not yet been as well explored as magnetic fusion but can offer certain advantages as an alternative source of electric energy for the future. Present experiments use high-power beams from lasers and light-ion diodes to compress the deuterium-tritium (D-T) pellets but these will probably be unsuitable for a power plant. A more promising method is to use intense heavy-ion beams from accelerator systems similar to those used for nuclear and high-energy physics; the present paper addresses itself to this alternative. As will be demonstrated the very high beam power needed poses new design questions, from the ion source through the accelerating system, the beam transport system, to the final focus. These problems will require extensive study, both theoretically and experimentally, over the next several years before an optimum design for an inertial fusion driver can be arrived at.

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  • XIth International Conference on High Energy Accelerators, Geneva, Switzerland, 07/7-11/1980

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  • Report No.: LBL-11146
  • Grant Number: DE-AC02-05CH11231
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 937053
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc898224

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Keefe, D. & Sessler, A.M. HEAVY ION INERTIAL FUSION, article, July 1, 1980; Berkeley, California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc898224/: accessed October 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.