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Mass Production Methods for Fabrication of Inertial Fusion Targets

D. T. Frey, N. B. Alexander, A. S. Bozek, D. T. Goodin, R. W. Stemke, T. J. Drake, D. Bitner

Fusion Science and Technology / Volume 51 / Number 4 / May 2007 / Pages 786-790

Technical Paper /

The High Average Power Laser (HAPL) Program is a national program to develop Inertial Fusion Energy with lasers (, direct drive targets and solid wall chambers. General Atomics is currently constructing and will operate a Mass Production Layering Experiment (MPLX) System. The MPLX System will demonstrate the filling and layering of approximately 700 plastic spherical targets (4 mm diameter plastic shells) simultaneously in a fluidized bed as a batch process in less than a day. In addition the system will be able to characterize a single deuterium filled and layered cryogenically-cooled target. This paper details hardware being developed and tested for the building of this system.

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