Laser fusion

Smit, Wim A.; Boskma, Peter
December 1980
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists;Dec1980, Vol. 36 Issue 10, p34
The article presents information on laser fusion. The fusion provides an alternative to the magnetic confinement fusion research on controlled nuclear fusion. In the experiments of laser fusion, minute pellets of deuterium and tritium are imploded by symmetrical irradiation with a number of laser beams in a very short pulse. In a laboratory scale, the fusion experiment is adequate for the development research of nuclear weapons. However, there are some technological difficulties that should be overcome for a laser fusion power plant.


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