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Report of the Defense Science Board Task Force on the Employment of the National Ignition Facility. Volume 1
DEFENSE SCIENCE BOARD WASHINGTON DC
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The DSB Task Force was asked to Assess the proposed ignition and non-ignition high energy density experimental physics programs at the National Ignition Facility NIF. Assess the programs executabitity, particularly with respect to the availability of NIF and supporting technologies. Assess the overall balance and priority of activities within the proposed plan and the degree to which the proposed program of NIF experiments supports the near- and long-term goats of stockpile stewardship. Assess the extent to which the major stakeholders in NIF are effectively integrated into the plan The National Ignition Facility and planned programs of high energy density work build on a 30-year program expanding understanding of astrophysics, weapons physics, and other scientific areas of interest. The NIF adds new regimes in pressure, temperature, and density that will, given success in achieving ignition, provide visibility into the physical phenomena at the heart of nuclear explosions, astrophysics, and other very high energy density plasmas. Hence the NIF capability to produce thermonuclear burn will provide the much-needed understanding of the most important remaining question in weapons physics.
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