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Introduction to Inertial Confinement Fusion
by Susanne Pfalzner

Introduction to Inertial Confinement Fusion fills this gap with an overview of the processes involved in ICF presented at an accessible level.

Features:

  • Presents a thorough overview of the field of ICF, focusing on the core of conventional understanding
  • Provides a brief overview of relevant plasma physics phenomena
  • Explores the ICF process from laser drivers and absorption of laser light to burn physics and applications
  • Offers a look at the potential future directions of the field

Contents

Fundamentals of Inertial Confinement Fusion

  • What happens in the sun?
  • Can one produce energy on Earth like in the sun?
  • The two approaches - Magnetic vs. Inertial Confinement
  • Stages in inertial confinement fusion

Laser Drivers for ICF

  • Basics of laser physics
  • Lasers for ICF applications
  • Nd-glass lasers for ICF
  • Alternatives to Nd-glass lasers

Basic Plasma Physics

  • Debye length and plasma frequency
  • Particle description
  • Fluid description
  • Plasma waves
  • Plasma heating
  • The ponderomotive force
  • Shock waves
  • Equation of state for dense plasmas

Absorption of Laser Light

  • Coupling of the laser energy to the target
  • Inverse Bremsstrahlung absorption
  • Resonance absorption
  • Parametric instabilities
  • Indirect drive: coupling laser energy to the hohlraum
  • Energy transport

Hydrodynamic Compression and Burn

  • Implosion of solid target
  • Foil target
  • Rocket Model and Ablation
  • Compression wave - Shock front - Shock wave
  • Compression phase
  • Spherically convergent shock waves
  • Isentropic compression
  • Multiple shocks
  • Burn

Rayleigh-Taylor Instabilities

  • RT in the ablation phase
  • RT instabilities in the deceleration phase
  • Consequences for target design
  • Idealized RT instabilities vs. ICF situation
  • Other dynamic instabilities

Energy Requirements and Gain

  • Power balance
  • Energy requirements
  • Gain

Targets

  • Basic considerations for target design
  • Direct and indirect-drive targets
  • Direct-drive targets
  • Indirect-drive targets
  • Target fabrication

ICF Power Plant

  • Power plant design
  • Plant efficiency
  • Target chamber
  • Target fabrication for power plant
  • Safety issues

Heavy-Ion Driven Fusion

  • Heavy-ion drivers
  • Ion beam energy deposition
  • Target design for heavy-ion drivers
  • Heavy-ion power plant
  • Light-ion drivers

Fast Ignitor

  • Fast-ignitor vs. hot-spot concept
  • Hole boring or laser cone guiding?
  • O-center ignition

Index

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Introduction to Inertial Confinement Fusion
by Susanne Pfalzner
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