Laserlab-Europe Talks: Ignition, a dream that came true

Fusion energy has been the driving force in the High Energy Density (HED) community for more than fifty years. Following initial difficulties and failures, significant improvement of our understanding of the fundamental physics involved and advances of the technical design over the years finally has led to performance close to ignition in the summer of 2021.
  • Laserlab-Europe Talks: Ignition, a dream that came true
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  • Fusion energy has been the driving force in the High Energy Density (HED) community for more than fifty years. Following initial difficulties and failures, significant improvement of our understanding of the fundamental physics involved and advances of the technical design over the years finally has led to performance close to ignition in the summer of 2021.
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We are pleased to announce the Laserlab-Europe Talk:

Ignition, a dream that came true

Speaker: Sébastien le Pape (LULI)

Wednesday, 6 April 2022, 4 pm CET

Fusion energy has been the driving force in the High Energy Density (HED) community for more than fifty years but especially since the start of the National Ignition Campaign in 2009 on the National Ignition facility (LLNL, USA). The National Ignition Campaign, though a marvel in term of laser technology and data quality in this challenging regime, has failed to achieve ignition. This failure has shed lights on gaps of our understanding of fundamental plasma properties such as thermal transport or emissivity. Following these initial difficulties, evolution of the design (higher adiabat, new ablator, new hohlraum conditions) has led to significant improvement in implosion performance over the years and finally to performance close to ignition (Q=0.7) in the summer of 2021. The talk will go over these evolutions and why they led to the recent successes obtained on the NIF.

The talk is organised within the framework of the Laserlab-Europe Expert Group on Laser-driven Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) - Inertial Fusion Energy (IFE).

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