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Fast ignition of fusion pellets with superintense lasers: Concepts, problems, and prospectives

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 March 2004

P. MULSER
Affiliation:
Theoretical Quantum Electronics (TQE), Darmstadt University of Technology, Darmstadt, Germany
D. BAUER
Affiliation:
Theoretical Quantum Electronics (TQE), Darmstadt University of Technology, Darmstadt, Germany

Abstract

The concept of fast ignition of precompressed pellets for inertial confinement fusion is presented and the main approaches are discussed. Numerical simulations of fast coronal ignition and the peculiarities of this scheme are considered in detail. Particular attention is devoted to the energy transport in the pellet corona. It is shown that fast coronal ignition will be successful only if the energy deposition by the fast electrons is anomalous over a sufficiently extended overdense region. Alternative schemes are briefly discussed.

Type
International Conference on the Frontiers of Plasma Physics and Technology
Copyright
2004 Cambridge University Press

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