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Fusion energy without radioactivity: laser ignition of solid hydrogenboron (11) fuel

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Abstract

The advent of ultra-high power lasers allows laser power levels that are about 1000 times the power of all the power stations in the USA. This opens the way to new approaches for inertial confinement fusions (ICF) that in turn can drastically reduce the laser input energy needed to achieve practical ICF power. The specific approach discussed here involves inducing a fusion burn wave by laser-driven impact of a relatively large block of plasma on the outside of a solid density fusion target. This new method is specifically selected to enable the extremely attractive, but demanding, neutron-free protonB-11 fusion that potentially can lead to the long sought goal of an ultra “clean” fusion power plant.

Graphical abstract: Fusion energy without radioactivity: laser ignition of solid hydrogen–boron (11) fuel

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The article was received on 05 Mar 2009, accepted on 09 Feb 2010 and first published on 23 Mar 2010


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B904609G
Citation: Energy Environ. Sci., 2010,3, 478-485
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    Fusion energy without radioactivity: laser ignition of solid hydrogenboron (11) fuel

    H. Hora, G. H. Miley, M. Ghoranneviss, B. Malekynia, N. Azizi and Xian-Tu. He, Energy Environ. Sci., 2010, 3, 478
    DOI: 10.1039/B904609G

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