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The Free Electron Laser As A Fusion Driver
Author(s): D. Prosnitz; L. Schlitt
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Paper Abstract

The Free Electron Laser (FEL) is shown to be a potentially attractive solution to the problem of finding a suitable short wavelength fusion driver. The design of a 3 MJ, 250 nm FEL fusion driver is discussed. An inertial confinement fusion driver must be an efficient, reliable, inexpensive source of high intensity radiation. The free electron laser has the potential for meeting these requirements, therefore we have investigated an approach for incorporating an FEL into a fusion reactor. The major components of an FEL system are a laser master oscillator, an electron accelerator, an FEL amplifier (wiggler magnet), and an electron beam dump for energy recovery. These are shown schematically in Fig. 1.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 September 1981
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 0270, High Power Lasers and Applications, (15 September 1981); doi: 10.1117/12.931741
Show Author Affiliations
D. Prosnitz, University of California (United States)
L. Schlitt, University of California (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0270:
High Power Lasers and Applications
Charles C. Tang, Editor(s)

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