Direct-Drive Laser Fusion; Status and Prospects
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC
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Techniques have been developed to improve the uniformity of the laser focal profile to reduce the ablative Rayleigh Taylor instability, and to suppress the various laser plasma instabilities. There are now three ignition target design concepts that utilize these techniques. Evaluation of these designs is still ongoing. Some of them may achieve the gains above 100 that are necessary for a fusion reactor. Two laser systems have been proposed that may meet all of the requirements for a fusion reactor.
- Lasers and Masers
- Fusion Devices (Thermonuclear)