Inertial Confinement Fusion and the National Ignition Facility (NIF) [electronic resource].
- Washington, D.C. : United States. National Nuclear Security Administration, 2012. and Oak Ridge, Tenn. : Distributed by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information, U.S. Dept. of Energy.
- Additional Creators:
- United States. National Nuclear Security Administration and United States. Department of Energy. Office of Scientific and Technical Information
- Inertial confinement fusion (ICF) seeks to provide sustainable fusion energy by compressing frozen deuterium and tritium fuel to extremely high densities. The advantages of fusion vs. fission are discussed, including total energy per reaction and energy per nucleon. The Lawson Criterion, defining the requirements for ignition, is derived and explained. Different confinement methods and their implications are discussed. The feasibility of creating a power plant using ICF is analyzed using realistic and feasible numbers. The National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is shown as a significant step forward toward making a fusion power plant based on ICF. NIF is the world’s largest laser, delivering 1.8 MJ of energy, with a peak power greater than 500 TW. NIF is actively striving toward the goal of fusion energy. Other uses for NIF are discussed.
- Published through SciTech Connect., 08/29/2012., "doe/nv/25946--1598", Brigham Young University Physics Colloquium, Provo, Utah, August 29, 2012., Ross, P., and Nevada Test Site/National Security Technologies, LLC (United States)
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