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
That the liners survived their electromagnetic drubbing is a key step in stimulating further Sandia testing of a concept called MagLIF (Magnetized Liner Inertial Fusion
), which will use magnetic fields and laser pre-heating in the quest for energetic fusion.
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
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.
The United States also built and operates facilities to pursue inertial fusion
In a paper prepared for presentation at Fusion Power Associates 34th annual meeting and symposium (posted at http://fire.pppl.gov/FPA13_Batani_ILPSEA.pdf), Dimitri Batani of the Institute of Laser Plasmas in France indicated a formal plan to study "inertial fusion
for energy production" using direct drive on LMJ, including study of "advanced ignition schemes" like shock ignition and fast ignition.
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."
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Director Parney Albright has announced that Ed Moses, the lab's Principal Associate Director for the National Ignition Facility and Photon Source (NIF&PS), will take on a new position "to lead a two-year effort to explore the science and applications of ignition, including the commercial prospects for laser inertial fusion