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Alternative Laser Driven Fusion Reactions for Nuclear Energy Without Radioactivity

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Mahmoud Ghoranneviss, Babak Malekynia, Nader Azizi

Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran

Henrich Hora

University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

George H. Miley

University of Illinois, Urbana, IL

Paper No. ICONE18-29945, pp. 621-627; 7 pages
doi:10.1115/ICONE18-29945
From:
  • 18th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
  • 18th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering: Volume 6
  • Xi’an, China, May 17–21, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4934-7
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME

abstract

Following the first result of generating nuclear fusion energy without dangerous radioactive radiation by laser ignition of the proton-11 Boron reaction (HB11), we applied this method to evaluate other fusion reactions with no primary neutron production as the proton-7 Lithium reaction (HLi7) and of the burning of solid density helium isotope 3 He (He3-He3). The new method is a combination of now available laser pulses of 10 petawatt (PW) power and duration in the range of picoseconds (ps) or less. The new mechanism follows the initial theory of Chu and of Bobin for side-on ignition of solid state density fusion fuel developed in about 1972 where some later known physics phenomena had to be added. The essential innovation is the use of the discovery of a predicted anomaly when the mentioned laser pulses are sufficiently clean, i.e. free from prepulses by at least a contrast ratio 108 where acceleration by the nonlinear (ponderomotive) force is dominating.

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