Edward Teller Lectures: Lasers and Inertial Fusion Energy

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Imperial College Press, 2005 - Science - 365 pages
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How to achieve unlimited, safe, clean and low-cost energy by laser- or beam-driven inertial nuclear fusion has preoccupied all winners of the Edward Teller Medal since its inception in 1991. This book presents their findings, meeting discussions, and personal insights from Edward Teller himself. Expect discussion of important advances anticipated in the future such as multi-billion dollar fusion research projects (NIF), and new schemes such as the petawatt-picosecond laser-plasma interactions evoking new physics and coupling mechanisms.For the first time, laser technology of the new century is providing the very short and extremely intense energetic pulses needed for fusion energy from next generation power stations, which produce energy at several times lower cost than any other source. The long-sought dream to directly ignite frozen heavy hydrogen for controlled use is close to being realized. Years of research on plasmas and lasers carried out worldwide in highly sophisticated experiments is summarized. The coverage begins with the work of John Nuckolls and Nobel Laureate Nikolai Basov and leads to the new scheme of plasma block acceleration via the nonlinear ponderomotive force. Edward Teller Lectures is one of the first guides to these new developments.
 

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Contents

Foreword by Edward Michael Campbell
1
Futurology of High Intensity Lasers LIRPP Vol 3A
29
Lecture in Connection with the Edward Teller Medal Award
39
Acceptance of the Edward Teller Medal LIRPP Vol 11 117
62
The Edward Teller Lecture LIRPP Vol 11 49
77
Acceptance Remarks LIRPP Vol 10
85
Lecture of Edward Teller
95
New Basic Physics Derived from Laser Plasma Interaction
103
ICF Related Research at MPQ LIRPP Vol 13
215
Monte Carlo Methods in ICF LIRPP Vol 13
231
Scaling Laws of Nonlinear RayleighTaylor and RichtmyerMeshkov
253
A Survey of Studies on Ignition and Burn of Inertially Confined Fuels
271
Problems and Solutions in
281
Prospects for HighGain High Yield NIF Targets Driven by
293
Hydrodynamic Instability Integrated Code Laboratory Astrophysics
313
Author Index
353

The Evolution Toward Indirect
121
Views on Inertial Fusion Energy Development LIRPP Vol 11
151
Teller Award Acceptance Speech LIRPP Vol 12
167
G H Miley
191
Subject Index
359
Acknowledgment
365
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