Conference Proceedings Paper
Inertial Fusion Energy - Research at the University of Alberta and a Proposed Alberta/Canada Program
32nd Annual CNS Conference - 2011 June 05-08
Robert Fedosejevs (Univeristy of Alberta)
Allan Offenberger (Univeristy of Alberta)
Sanjay Singh (Univeristy of Alberta)
Ying Tsui (Univeristy of Alberta)
Fusion Energy is being pursued internationally using a number of different approaches from magnetic confinement energy to inertial confinement fusion (ICF). Recently there has been significant advancement in inertial confinement fusion using laser drivers with the expectation of the demonstration of large fusion yield within the next year or two opening the path to engineering of fusion reactors based on high energy laser drivers. The Laser Plasma Research group at the University of Alberta has been involved in inertial fusion energy (IFE) research for the past few decades. The current status of IFE and the activities of the University of Alberta Research group in this area is reviewed. Funding of IFE related research in Canada has been very limited and Canada has fallen behind in this area. Given the major developments occurring internationally it is time to increase activities in Canada. A plan for an expanded Alberta/Canadian program in IFE in the near future is discussed.
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