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Extreme laser pulses for possible development of boron fusion power reactors for clean and lasting energy
Author(s): H. Hora; S. Eliezer; G. J. Kirchhoff; G. Korn; P. Lalousis; G. H. Miley; S. Moustaizis
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Paper Abstract

The nuclear reaction of hydrogen (protons) with the boron isotope 11 (HB11) is aneutronic avoiding the production of dangerous neutrons in contrast to any other fusion but it is extremely difficult at thermal equilibrium plasma conditions. There are alternative schemes without thermal equilibrium, e.g. the Tri Alpha reversed magnetic field (RMF) confinement and others, however, the only historical first measurements of HB11 fusion were with lasers interacting with high density plasmas using non-thermal direct conversion of laser energy into ultrahigh acceleration of plasma blocks to avoid the thermal problems. Combining these long studied mechanisms with recently measured ultrahigh magnetic fields for trapping the reacting plasma arrives at a very compact design of an environmentally clean reactor for profitable low cost energy using present technologies.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 May 2017
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 10241, Research Using Extreme Light: Entering New Frontiers with Petawatt-Class Lasers III, 1024114 (17 May 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2265225
Show Author Affiliations
H. Hora, The Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)
S. Eliezer, SOREQ Research Ctr. (Israel)
G. J. Kirchhoff, UJG Mangement GmbH (Germany)
G. Korn, ELI Beamlines, Institute of Physics of the ASCR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)
P. Lalousis, Institute of Electronic Structure and Lasers, FORTH (Greece)
G. H. Miley, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (United States)
S. Moustaizis, Technical Univ. of Crete (Greece)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10241:
Research Using Extreme Light: Entering New Frontiers with Petawatt-Class Lasers III
Georg Korn; Luis O. Silva, Editor(s)

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