inertial fusion


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inertial fusion

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inertial confinement fusion

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(General Physics) physics a type of nuclear fusion in which the inertia of matter enables it to fuse by impact, as by pulses of laser radiation or high-energy charged particles, rather than by high temperature
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CLERY/SCIENCE 2015; "AN ASSESSMENT OF THE PROSPECTS FOR INERTIAL FUSION ENERGY"/NRC 2013; GENERAL FUSION; TRI ALPHA ENERGY; HELION ENERGY
develop a plan for our province's engagement in fusion energy and related technologies as part of an economic diversification strategy, with the objective of building the world's first inertial fusion energy (IFE) demo plant, jointly with the USA, in Alberta".
Interim report-status of the study; "An assessment of the prospects for inertial fusion energy".
Said McBride's manager Dan Sinars, "When Magnetized Liner Inertial Fusion was first proposed, our biggest concern was whether the instabilities would disrupt the target before fusion reactions could occur.
Most experiments in fusion around the world use one of two methods: tokamaks, which use a collection of coiled magnets surrounding a doughnut-shaped chamber to confine the plasma, or inertial fusion, using high-powered lasers to blast a tiny pellet of fuel at the device's centre.
The test confirmed that a technique called inertial fusion ignition could be used to trigger nuclear fusion-the merging of the nuclei of two atoms of, say, hydrogen-which can result in a tremendous amount of excess energy.
The Spectral Sentry technology is enabling increased performance from LLNL's Mercury laser, an advanced diode-pumped, solid-state laser designed for evaluating inertial fusion energy systems.
Expert contributors cover such topics as progress in fast ignition, fusion targets, fundamentals of ICF Hohlraums, direct-drive inertial fusion and the acceleration of photons and quasi-particles.
New material on advances on the experimental side, such as the application of high density plasmas of inertial fusion
They note that the DOE Office of Fusion Energy Sciences "has historically provided almost all of its funding toward magnetic fusion energy research" and urged that funding also be provided for inertial fusion energy research "since it is impossible to know which will be most successful at the earliest possible date.
The NIF is a proposed national center to study inertial fusion and high-energy-density science.