Light for controlled fusion energy: A perspective on laser-driven inertial fusion
Dipartimento SBAI, Università di Roma “La Sapienza” and CNISM - Via A. Scarpa, 14, 00161 Roma, Italy
Received: 17 February 2015
Accepted: 17 February 2015
The status of laser-driven inertial confinement fusion research is briefly reviewed. The recent major achievement of fusion energy release exceeding the energy delivered by the laser to the fuel (Hurricane O. et al., Nature, 506 (2014) 343), and the efforts towards ignition demonstration using indirect-drive are discussed. Physics model reliability is addressed. The potentials of alternative schemes, in particular direct-drive shock ignition, are also illustrated.
PACS: 52.57.-z – Laser inertial confinement / 52.57.Fg – Implosion symmetry and hydrodynamic instability (Rayleigh-Taylor, Richtmyer-Meshkov, imprint, etc.)
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