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Prospects for Inertial Confinement Fusion Energy Systems

 
2013-prospects-inertial-fusion-energy

An Assessment of the Prospects for Inertial Fusion Energy

Released in 2013

An Assessment of the Prospects for Inertial Fusion Energy and  Assessment of Inertial Confinement Fusion Targets  were commissioned by the Department of Energy to describe and assess the current status of inertial fusion energy (IFE) research in the United States, compare the various technical approaches to IFE, and identify the scientific and engineering challenges associated with developing inertial confinement fusion (ICF) in particular as an energy source. The study also provides guidance on an R&D roadmap at the conceptual level for a national program focusing on the design and construction of an inertial fusion energy demonstration plant.

The Committee on the Prospects for Inertial Confinement Fusion Energy Systems and the Panel on the Assessment of Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) Targets were established in 2010 under the auspices of the Board on Physics and Astronomy and the Board on Energy and Environmental Systems (BEES) of the National Research Council.
 

 2013_inertial_confinement_fusion_targets

Assessment of Inertial Confinement Fusion Targets

Released in 2013

Committee Members and NRC Staff

Ronald C. Davidson, Co-Chair, Princeton University
Gerald L. Kulcinski,  Co-Chair, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Charles Baker, University of California, San Diego [Retired]
Roger Bangerter, E. O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory [Retired]
Riccardo Betti, University of Rochester
Jan Beyea, Consulting in the Public Interest
Robert L. Byer, Stanford University
Franklin Chang-Diaz, Ad Astra Rocket Company
Steven C. Cowley, United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority
Richard L. Garwin, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center
David Hammer, Cornell University
Joseph S. Hezir, EOP Group, Inc.
Kathyrn McCarthy, Idaho National Laboratory
Lawrence T. Papay, PQR, LLC
Ken Schultz, General Atomics [Retired]
Andrew M. Sessler, E. O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
John Sheffield, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Thomas Anthony Tombrello, Jr, California Institute of Technology
Dennis G. Whyte, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Jonathan S. Wurtele, University of California, Berkeley
Rosa Yang, Electric Power Research Institute, Inc.
Malcolm McGeoch, Consultant, PLEX, LLC

NRC Staff

Jim Lancaster,
Director, Board on Physics and Astronomy (BPA)
David Lang, Program Officer, Study Director (BPA
Greg Eyring,
Program Officer, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences
Teri Thorowgood,
Administrative Coordinator, BPA
Jonathan Yanger, Senior Project Assistant, BEES
Erin Boyd, Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellow (January-April 2011)
Sarah Nelson-Wilk, Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellow (January-April 2012)
James Zucchetto, Director, Board on Energy and Environmental Systems (BEES)
Donald Shapero, Senior Scholar, BPA
Sara Case, Study Director, Nuclear Radiation Studies Board (until October 2011)
LaNita Jones, Administrative Coordinator, BEES

Panel Membership and NRC Staff

John Ahearne, Chair, Sigma Xi
Robert Dynes, University of California-San Diego
Douglas Eardley, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics
David Harding, University of Rochester
Thomas Mehlhorn, Naval Research Laboratory
Merri Wood-Schultz, Consultant
George Zimmerman, Consultant, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Sponsor

The project is pleased to acknowledge support from the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science, Office of Nuclear Energy, and the National Nuclear Security Administration.

 

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