Basic Requirements of Laser Fusion Power Production and Laser Fusion-Fission Plutonium Breeding
Required values of thermonuclear energy-gain, inertial confinement, laser-pulse energy and power for both electric power production by laser-fusion and for plutonium breeding by laser fusion-fission are obtained from simple considerations, and are tabulated for purposes of comparison.
It is found that breeder repuirements are very significantly less demanding, suggesting that plutonium breeding is a much more feasible near-term goal of laser fusion.
KeywordsLaser Fusion Isentropic Compression Hollow Shell Electric Power Production Peak Laser Power
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