Laser-confined fusion.

Abstract

An approach for producing a large quantity of neutrons is proposed. It involves compression of a fuel foil and confinement of the resulting plasma between two intense laser pulses. It is shown that two circularly polarized laser pulses of amplitude a = 7 illuminating a deuterium-tritium foil of areal density 3.3 x 10(18) cm(-2) can produce about 4.2 x 10(6… (More)

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