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New polls show substantial support for nuclear energy
Sixty percent of respondents in a recent national survey favored the use of nuclear energy, with only 25 percent opposing its use. While the latest Bisconti Research poll focuses on nuclear power and electricity generation, its findings on public interest in climate change and using a spectrum of sources to meet energy needs are consistent with a recent Pew Research Center poll on a broad set of energy policy and climate change topics. The approaches the two online surveys took to measuring public opinion on nuclear energy yielded different numbers but found some common ground.
R. W. Petzoldt, D. T. Goodin, E. Valmianski, L. C. Carlson, J. Stromsoe, R. K. Friend, J. Hares
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 56 | Number 1 | July 2009 | Pages 417-421
IFE Target Design | Eighteenth Topical Meeting on the Technology of Fusion Energy (Part 1) | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST09-25
Articles are hosted by Taylor and Francis Online.
Various methods for accelerating targets to be injected into an Inertial Fusion Energy (IFE) power plant have been considered such as gas gun, rail gun and electromagnetic induction. One method that could also be used for direct drive targets is electrostatic acceleration.We have been using electrostatic steering to improve target placement accuracy. We optically track the motion of a charged target, and feed back appropriate steering voltage to four steering electrodes. We have also completed fabrication and begun testing of an electrostatic accelerator that advances the electric field each time the charged target passes one of the 96 accelerating electrodes. Many of the accelerating electrodes are segmented to allow transverse position correction based on transverse position measurements during the acceleration process. Calculations indicate that this "first step" accelerator will achieve 10-15 m/s target velocity in 0.9 m with ±4 kV accelerating voltage. Updated target steering results as well as the accelerator design, fabrication, and early experimental results are presented.