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Project Title:

Assessment of Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) Targets
PIN: DEPS-BPA-10-08        

Major Unit:

Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

Sub Unit: Board on Physics & Astronomy DEPS

RSO: Eyring, Greg

Subject/Focus Area: Energy and Energy Conservation; Engineering and Technology; Math, Chemistry, and Physics

Project Scope
A Panel on Fusion Target Physics (“the Panel”) will serve as a technical resource to the Committee on Inertial Confinement Energy Systems (“the Committee”) and will prepare a report that describes the R&D challenges to providing suitable targets, on the basis of parameters established and provided to the Panel by the Committee.

In its report, the Panel will assess the current performance of fusion targets associated with various Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) concepts in order to understand:

1. The spectrum output;

2. The illumination geometry;

3. The high-gain geometry; and

4. The robustness of the target design.

The Panel will also address the potential impacts of the use and development of current concepts for Inertial Fusion Energy on the proliferation of nuclear weapons information and technology, as appropriate. The Target Physics Panel will examine technology options, but will not provide recommendations specific to any currently operating or proposed ICF facility.

The project is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.

The start date for the project was 8/5/2010.

Note (05/04/2011): The Project Scope was expanded to address potential impacts on proliferation from inertial fusion energy development and use. The updated version is shown above.

Project Duration: 24 months    

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Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 02/16/2011
 Meeting 2 - 04/06/2011
 Meeting 3 - 05/10/2011
 Meeting 4 - 07/06/2011
 Meeting 5 - 09/19/2011


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Assessment of Inertial Confinement Fusion Targets