Lasers pp 403-415 | Cite as

Laser-Induced Fusion

  • K. Thyagarajan
  • Ajoy Ghatak
Part of the Graduate Texts in Physics book series (GTP)


It is well known that the enormous energy released from the sun and the stars is due to thermonuclear fusion reactions, and scientists have been working for over 40 years to devise methods to generate fusion energy in a controlled manner. Once this is achieved, one will have an almost inexhaustible supply of relatively pollution-free energy. A thermonuclear reactor based on laser-induced fusion offers great promise for the future. With the tremendous effort being expended on fabrication of extremely high-power lasers, the goal appears to be not too far away, and once it is practically achieved, it would lead to the most important application of the laser.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsIndian Institute of TechnologyNew DelhiIndia

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