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Laser Fusion Overviews

Laser Fusion reaches Stellar conditions

Laser fusion needs massively powerful lasers to be focussed on a exquisitely small target with a metal jacket containing fusion fuels. The evaporation of the metal jacket sends a shock wave to the centre of the target, crushing it to 1000 times solid densities. A following laser pulse heats this to ignition temperatures and it burns to Helium and neutrons. This is similar to the way an H-bomb works, except that a Uranium bomb is used to compress the Fusion Fuel capsule. The US Laser programme is funded by the Dept. of Defense.

These artistic presentations show how the lasers are built and used.

The acronym LIFE is for Laser Inertial Confinement Fusion Fission Energy.

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Neodymium Glass amplifiers produce very high power lser beams for Fusion.
A concise view of a Laser Fusion Hybrid based on the NIF development.
Broad view of the history and characters.
Development of Petawatt lasers anf the HIPER reactor concepts.