The results from this study indicate that light ions can be a competitive factor in the race to commercial fusion power. The relatively simple and near-term driver technology is particularly attractive compared to higher cost laser and heavy ion schemes. The cavity design and engineering operations can be tailored such that Utilities could envision a reliable and maintainable power plant. The major problem to be faced now is the method of beam propagation to the target. The LIBRA-LiTE design reveals that ballistic transport may be more attractive from a physics standpoint, but the severe neutron environment presents a challenge to materials scientists. Continued experimentation and research is needed to develop a truly attractive ICF power plant.
KeywordsPower Plant Material Scientist Beam Propagation Engineering Operation Ballistic Transport
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