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Inertial Fusion Driven by Intense Cluster Ion Beams

Claude Deutsch, Antoine Bret, Shalom Eliezer, José M. Martinez-Val, Naeem A. Tahir

Fusion Science and Technology

Volume 31 / Number 1 / January 1997 / Pages 1-25


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The present state of the art concerning the use of intense cluster ion beams for driving an inertial fusion pellet containing a thermonuclear fuel is reviewed. Emphasis is placed on the fragmentation and stopping of correlated ion fragments in dense target material. The direct drive approach is given a hydrodynamic as well as a full one-dimensional simulation treatment. Indirect drive looks highly promising.

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