inertial confinement

inertial confinement

[in′ər·shəl kən′fīn·mənt]
(nucleonics)
The rapid implosion of a high-density pellet, under bombardment by laser or charged-particle beams, to produce a core that is heated to extremely high temperatures before it can fly apart; proposed as a method for generating power from controlled thermonuclear reactions.
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Further to this, This report also analyzes the different types of fusion power available such as nuclear fusion, inertial confinement fusion, inertial electrostatic confinement, laser inertial, amongst others.
As the NIF Director, Herrmann will work closely with the leadership of the Stockpile Stewardship Program (SSP) across the weapons complex including the national Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) Program, as well as the National Security Applications and Discovery Science communities in the United States and globally, to ensure optimal use of the facility and delivery on program goals.
Magnetic confinement fusion uses magnetic fields to trap the fuel in a magnetic 'bottle,' and inertial confinement fusion heats the surface of the fuel pellet until it blows off in a way that causes the remaining pellet to implode.
This work reviews the science of nuclear fusion from the development of the basic scientific ideas concerning the role of fusion in the Sun and other stars to the current progress towards achieving human-controlled fusion energy, covering both the magnetic confinement approach towards insulating hot nuclear fuel with magnetic fields and the newer inertial confinement approach that seeks to capture the fusion energy before the hot fuel has had a chance to expand.
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 have the NIC review committee report to, and receive direction from, NNSA's Director of the Office of Inertial Confinement Fusion and National Ignition Facility Project on its review activities, instead of reporting to Lawrence Livermore's laboratory Director.
of Cologne, Germany) presents a general overview of the processes involved in inertial confinement fusion so that newcomers to the field will not have to piece together the fundamentals from the fragments they are exposed to at conferences.
June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI) has been awarded a subcontract to provide facility management support and technical support services for the Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) program at the U.
Quintenz, who heads Sandia's inertial confinement fusion effort.
It is funded through DOE's Inertial Confinement Fusion program, part of the nuclear weapons research division.
LLE's broad range experiments include trying to pinpoint ways to use Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) to, among other things, harness the ocean's ample storehouse of untapped energy.
Keith A Brueckner, an early contributor to the evolution of inertial confinement fusion, passed away on September 19, 2014 at the age of 90.
John Edwards, NIF associate director for inertial confinement fusion and high-energy-density science, said what they want to do is use the X-rays to blast away the outer layer of the capsule in a very controlled manner, so that the D-T pellet is compressed to just the right conditions to initiate the fusion reaction.