17 May 2017 Extreme laser pulses for possible development of boron fusion power reactors for clean and lasting energy
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The nuclear reaction of hydrogen (protons) with the boron isotope 11 (HB11) is aneutronic avoiding the production of dangerous neutrons in contrast to any other fusion but it is extremely difficult at thermal equilibrium plasma conditions. There are alternative schemes without thermal equilibrium, e.g. the Tri Alpha reversed magnetic field (RMF) confinement and others, however, the only historical first measurements of HB11 fusion were with lasers interacting with high density plasmas using non-thermal direct conversion of laser energy into ultrahigh acceleration of plasma blocks to avoid the thermal problems. Combining these long studied mechanisms with recently measured ultrahigh magnetic fields for trapping the reacting plasma arrives at a very compact design of an environmentally clean reactor for profitable low cost energy using present technologies.
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H. Hora, S. Eliezer, G. J. Kirchhoff, G. Korn, P. Lalousis, G. H. Miley, S. Moustaizis, "Extreme laser pulses for possible development of boron fusion power reactors for clean and lasting energy", Proc. SPIE 10241, Research Using Extreme Light: Entering New Frontiers with Petawatt-Class Lasers III, 1024114 (17 May 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2265225; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2265225
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