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1 May 2015 Petawatt laser pulses for proton-boron high gain fusion with avalanche reactions excluding problems of nuclear radiation
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An alternative way may be possible for igniting solid density hydrogen-11B (HB11) fuel. The use of >petawatt-ps laser pulses from the non-thermal ignition based on ultrahigh acceleration of plasma blocks by the nonlinear (ponderomotive) force, has to be combined with the measured ultrahigh magnetic fields in the 10 kilotesla range for cylindrical trapping. The evaluation of measured alpha particles from HB11 reactions arrives at the conclusion that apart from the usual binary nuclear reactions, secondary reactions by an avalanche multiplication may cause the high gains, even much higher than from deuterium tritium fusion. This may be leading to a concept of clean economic power generation.
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Heinrich Hora, Paraskevas Lalousis, Lorenzo Giuffrida, Daniele Margarone, Georg Korn, Shalom Eliezer, George H. Miley, Stavros Moustaizis, and Gérard Mourou "Petawatt laser pulses for proton-boron high gain fusion with avalanche reactions excluding problems of nuclear radiation", Proc. SPIE 9515, Research Using Extreme Light: Entering New Frontiers with Petawatt-Class Lasers II, 951518 (1 May 2015); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2181943
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