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Abstract

In these notes the author discusses inertially confined thermonuclear fusion obtained by means of spherically imploded deuterium - tritium fuel. The emphasis is on the "inner part" of ICF physics, on the implosion dynamics, central fuel ignition, and energy gain, rather than on the problems of beam - target interaction. Section 1 summarizes the basic concept of ICF and recent achievements on fuel compression and briefly indicates advantages and disadvantages of different driver beams. The key parameters for energy gain are discussed in Section 2 in terms of a model, and some recent results on the gas dynamics of central collapse, final compression and formation of the ignition spark are presented in Section 3.

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Authors: MEYER TER VEHN J MAX-PLANCK-INSTITUT FUER QUANTENOPTIK, GARCHING BEI MUENCHEN (GERMANY), MAX-PLANCK-INSTITUT FUER QUANTENOPTIK, GARCHING BEI MUENCHEN (GERMANY)
Bibliographic Reference: LECTURES GIVEN AT THE 29TH SCOTTISH UNIVERSITIES SUMMER SCHOOL ON PHYSICS ON LASER PLASMA INTERACTIONS, ST. ANDREWS (UK), JULY 28-AUG. 10, 1985 WRITE TO CEC LUXEMBOURG, DG XIII/A2, POB 1907 MENTIONING PAPER E 32347 ORA
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