KEYWORDS: Nuclear fusion, Nuclear fission, Nuclear propulsion, Space exploration, Inertial Confinement Fusion
, Lawson criterion, Rayleigh Taylor instability
The rapid development of laser-accelerated ion beams is developing the ion fast ignition (IFI) scheme in inertial confinement fusion
Recommendation: To address the scientific and technical challenges and management weaknesses, and to enhance the NIC review committee's effectiveness, the Administrator of NNSA should direct the Director of the Office of Inertial Confinement Fusion
and National Ignition Facility Project to involve the NIC review committee, or the separately appointed review committee, in NIC's critical decision-making, such as evaluating experiments planned on NIF, identifying potential weaknesses to the experimental plan, and recommending, if necessary, alternative approaches to address scientific and technical challenges.
By studying the physics of inertial confinement fusion
and the response of weapon materials placed near a fusion fuel capsule, the caretakers of the bombs and missiles can better understand the aging process.
Several countries have harshly criticized Inertial Confinement Fusion
programs, and NIF in particular, as "provocative" weapons programs that are unacceptable in a test-ban regime.
As the same process also governs many other material properties, the results have wide implications from material processing to inertial confinement fusion
to our understanding of astrophysical objects.
The Sydor ROSS Streak Camera is a diagnostic platform specifically designed for the future challenges of inertial confinement fusion
and plasma physics research.
This volume, edited by Chittenden (Imperial College, UK) contains 82 papers from the July 2005 International Conference on Dense Z-pinches, demonstrating the state-of-the-art in z-pinch research related to inertial confinement fusion
, x-ray radiation sources, and high energy density plasma physics.
Called inertial confinement fusion
, this approach involves shooting lasers or beams of particles at a pea-sized spherical target.
This intermediate density space falls outside of the major research programs in magnetic confinement and inertial confinement fusion
, and represents a high risk, high reward opportunity to identify new pathways to fusion power that may offer relatively inexpensive development cycles.
The Earth Simulator has dedicated applications in ocean and atmosphere modeling, solid earth sciences, and inertial confinement fusion