20 January 1978 Optical Design Considerations For Laser Fusion Reactors
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Abstract
The plan for the development of commercial inertial confinement fusion (ICE) power plants is discussed, emphasizing the utilization of the unique features of laser fusion to arrive at conceptual designs for reactors and optical systems which minimize the need for advanced materials and techniques requiring expensive test facilities. A conceptual design for a liquid lithium fall reactor is described which successfully deals with the hostile x-ray and neutron environment and promises to last the 30 year plant lifetime. Schemes for protecting the final focusing optics are described which are both compatible with this reactor system, and show promise of surviving a full year in order to minimize costly downtime. Damage mechanisms and protection techniques are discussed, and a recommendation is made for a high f-number metal mirror final focusing system.
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Michael J. Monsler, Michael J. Monsler, James A. Maniscalco, James A. Maniscalco, } "Optical Design Considerations For Laser Fusion Reactors", Proc. SPIE 0121, Optics in Adverse Environments I, (20 January 1978); doi: 10.1117/12.955766; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.955766
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