X-1: The Challenge of High Fusion Yield
In the past three years, tremendous strides have been made in X-ray production using high-current Z-pinches. Today, the X-ray energy and power output of the Z accelerator (formerly PBFA II) is the largest available in the laboratory. These Z-pinch X-ray sources have great potential to drive high-yield inertial confinement fusion (ICF) reactions at affordable cost if several challenging technical problems can be overcome. Technical challenges in three key areas are discussed in this paper: the design of a target for high yield, the development of a suitable pulsed power driver, and the design of a target chamber capable of containing the high fusion yield.
R. E. Olson and C. Deeney and D. L. Cook and J. J. Ramirez and P. S. Raglin and G. E. Rochau and M. K. Matzen and R. J. Leeper and J. L. Porter and D. H. McDaniel and R. B. Spielman and J. P. Quintenz and R. R. Peterson, "X-1: The Challenge of High Fusion Yield," Proceedings of the 12th International Conference, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Jan 1998.
Keywords and Phrases
ICF; X-1 Accelerator; X-Ray Production; Z Accelerator; Z Pinch; Fusion Reactor Design; Fusion Reactor Reaction Chamber; Fusion Reactor Targets; High Fusion Yield; High-Current Z-Pinches; Inertial Confinement Fusion; Particle Beam Fusion Accelerators; Plasma Inertial Confinement; Pulsed Power Driver; Pulsed Power Technology; Target Chamber Design
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