Contract notice: Delivery of a laser fusion
The prospects for laser fusion
were being studied on a classified basis at AEC weapons laboratories at the time.
For example the system for Jewelry printing will be completely different from the Laser Fusion
system capable of manufacturing medical contact pads or missile war heads.
Detailed May 18 in Nature Photonics, the design relies on a hohlraum, a small metal cylinder that holds hydrogen fuel in laser fusion
experiments (SN: 4/20/13, p.
Receiving a bachelor's degree from Harvard University and master's and doctoral degrees from Princeton University, he taught at Swarthmore College for several years, earning tenure, and then worked on laser fusion
and laser isotope separation at Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1973 to 1980.
Technology developed for astronomy is already being applied across many sectors, including extending the life of artificial knee joints, diagnosing eye diseases, improving the performance of industrial lasers and laser fusion
The Lawrence Livermore National Lab near San Francisco has built a laser fusion
device called the National Ignition Facility, capable of delivering 500 terawatts to a BB-sized target, liberating clean energy.
It is believed that a prototype laser fusion
plant could then start to be funded, led in the UK and Europe by a project known as the High Power Laser Energy Research Facility (Riper).
The project also opens the door for developing laser fusion
facilities, a technology with real potential to help solve the world's energy crisis.
In the meantime, contributors of these 61 papers and other materials describe international cooperation and overall progress in fusion research, results of plasma-focus experiments and dense plasma focus, numerical simulations and burning plasma concepts, antimatter-initiated microfission/fusion, studies of fast particles using pellet charge exchange diagnostics, plans for the National Ignition Facility, physics results and prospects of the National Spherical Torus Experiment, fusion at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Z-pinch experiments, laser fusion
in China, and fast ignition.
Other projects the company hopes to become involved with include the EU's HiPER very high energy laser fusion
reactor which will require very precise mirrors to focus high powered laser beams onto fuel pellets in an experimental reactor.
He added that, although it is not designed specifically to do so, the laser fusion
machine could develop into a source for commercial energy.