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Kilotesla Magnetic Assisted Fast Laser Ignited Boron-11 Hydrogen Fusion with Nonlinear Force Driven Ultrahigh Accelerated Plasma Blocks

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Abstract

Nuclear fusion with confinement by available kilotesla magnetic fields allows improved performance for Inertial Confinement Fusion. The combination of this approach with the established ultrahigh laser acceleration of plasma blocks driven by nonlinear (ponderomotive) forces of ps laser pulses of exawatt power may permit high gain boron-11 fusion with protons. This potentially provides a path to very attractive fusion power stations based on aneutronic fusion.

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Lalousis, P., Moustaizis, S., Hora, H. et al. Kilotesla Magnetic Assisted Fast Laser Ignited Boron-11 Hydrogen Fusion with Nonlinear Force Driven Ultrahigh Accelerated Plasma Blocks. J Fusion Energ 34, 62–67 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10894-014-9759-5

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Keywords

  • Laser fusion
  • Picosecond exawatt pulses
  • Kilotesla magnetic fields
  • Boron-proton fusion
  • Uncompressed fuel