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An Overview of Inertial Fusion Reactor Design

M. J. Monsler, J. Hovingh, D. L. Cook, T. G. Frank, G. A. Moses

Fusion Science and Technology

Volume 1 / Number 3 / July 1981 / Pages 302-358


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Recent progress in the conceptual design of inertial fusion reaction chambers and power plants is reviewed. A discussion of expected operating parameters and a brief historical perspective are provided to organize the rich array of chamber and driver concepts. The technical feasibility of several reaction chamber concepts is discussed, along with technical issues that require future analysis, experiment, and development. Where these chambers have been integrated into a power plant design, the characteristics are described. Finally, requirements on the future development of inertial fusion reactor technology are discussed.

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