On the threshold of laser fusion ignition: recent breakthroughs on the National Ignition Facility and the pathway to inertial fusion energy
24 January 2022 • 3:45 PM - 4:25 PM PST | Room 207/215 (Level 2 South)
This past August, a record-breaking shot with 1.3 megajoules of fusion yield was achieved on the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. This experimental result, decades in the making, is a significant breakthrough for laser-driven inertial fusion. This talk will review the experimental results, the photonics advancements and many more technologies that made this breakthrough possible, and the implications for future research. Furthermore, these recent game-changing results on the NIF now lay the groundwork to explore laser inertial fusion as a path for clean energy and energy security.
Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Tammy Ma is the Advanced Photon Technologies Program Element Leader for High-Intensity Laser High Energy Density Science at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Dr. Ma received her B.S. (2005) from Caltech, then M.S. (2008) and Ph.D. (2010) from UC San Diego. She is the recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering (PECASE).