Experiments in Laser Fusion

  • Robert Hofstadter
Part of the Studies in the Natural Sciences book series (SNS, volume 8)


The subject of laser induced fusion has advanced by some dramatic steps in the last few years. The following article by the staff of KMS Fusion outlines some of these events. I have had the pleasure of being associated with the group while many of the experiments were being carried out. I feel that the high values of volumetric compression achieved speak for the eventual success of this method of generating large numbers of neutrons. The neutron yield has increased from a few thousand to 7 × 106 in a comparatively short time and the various tests that have been conducted lead me to believe that the neutrons are of thermonuclear origin.


Laser Energy Neutron Yield Laser Fusion Pockels Cell Glass Shell 


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© Plenum Press, New York 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Hofstadter
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsStanford UniversityUSA
  2. 2.KMS FusionAnn ArborUSA

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