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Laser Fusion Lectures

laser Fusion & Nuclear Chemistry

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.


Abbot introduces many of the unique engineering challenges for the LIFE designs.

Kramer notes that better neutron cross section data is needed for these advanced designs. Over 8000 neutron and other cross sections for most isotopes of many elements have been measured, Fusion uses many unusual elements in its reactor construction.
Cooling and cleaning the plasma chamber needs crafty solutions.
Neutron Transport & Fuel Burnup in LIFE using Monte Carlo codes.
Mastery of hih power laser beams & targets
Uranium or Thorium Laser Fusion-Fission Hybrids