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GALCIT Colloquium

Friday, January 19, 2024
3:00pm to 4:00pm
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Guggenheim 133 (Lees-Kubota Lecture Hall)
How Ignition and Target Gain > 1 was achieved in inertial fusion
Omar Hurricane, Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff & Chief Scientist for the Inertial Confinement Fusion Program, Design Physics (DP) Division, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory,

For many decades, the running joke in fusion research has been that ‘fusion' is twenty years away and always will be. Yet, this past year we find ourselves in a position where we can talk about the milestones of burning plasmas, fusion ignition, and target energy gain greater than unity in the past tense.  Fusion is no longer a joke! ! In this talk, I tell the story of the applied physics challenges that needed to be overcome to achieve these milestones and the strategy our team followed. To help understand the story, several key physics principles of inertial fusion will be presented, and I will try and dispel any confusion about what the terms burning, ignition, and gain mean in the context of inertial fusion research.

*Work performed under the auspices of the U. S. Department of Energy by LLNL under contract DE-AC52-07NA27344

For more information, please contact Stephanie O'Gara by email at [email protected].