Title

X-1: The Challenge of High Fusion Yield

Abstract

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.

Department(s)

Physics

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

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 1998 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), All rights reserved.

Share

 
COinS