We lead a national US activity on integrated assessments of fusion concepts as
attractive commercial fusion power plants and help guide national fusion R&D.
The assessments combine plasma physics, neutronics, component design,
systems engineering, economics, and safety analyses.
The IFE Technology program seeks to solve critical problems for enabling
technologies of inertial fusion energy. Our contributions to the DOE/DP
High Average Power Laser Program
include modeling and damage testing of grazing-incidence metal mirrors as
final optical elements, multi-dimensional numerical modeling of chamber dynamic
responses, and chamber materials damage studies. We are also supported by the
DOE Office of Fusion Energy Sciences
to study magnetic diversion of expanding plasmas and the formation and
transport of aerosol and dust in IFE chambers.
The Thermal Sciences program seeks improvements in
energy efficiency and heat flux handling capability of thermal energy systems.
The principal research activities include experiments and modeling of heat
transfer and energy efficiency using engineered porous and granular media.
Our basic and applied studies of laser-matter interactions fall into three
categories: (1) dynamic response of surfaces exposed to short-pulse
high-energy laser irradiation, (2) laser ablation plume dynamics, and (3)
cluster formation in ablation plumes. In addition to their relevance to
inertial fusion energy, these studies are relevant to materials
processing in the fields of surface modification, thin film deposition and
Laser-Plasma and Laser-Matter Interactions
The Laser-Plasma and Laser-Matter Interactions Laboratory is
used for a broad range of experimental studies involving laser interactions
with solids, liquids, gases and plasma. At present, the major scientific
thrust areaas include surface modification and optics damage, ablation plume
dynamics, nanocluster formation, laser propagation physics,
IFE chamber materials damage and IFE chamber dynamic simulation studies.
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