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Applied Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy Seminar Series

Fall 2004

Wednesday, 3:30-4:30 PM in 479 EBU-II

Nov. 3
Hydrodynamics of Fast-Ignition Implosions

R. Stephens
General Atomics


The Fast Ignition approach to inertial fusion energy uses two drivers - one to compress the target, and a second to ignite it. This allows, in principle, higher gain and relaxation of target specifications, so is exciting world-wide interest. The ignition step involves physics that is not well understood and is strongly affected by details of the collapse hydrodynamics. We will discuss current research efforts in this area.

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