A review of the U.S. Department of Energy's Inertial Fusion Energy program

Rulon Linford, Riccardo Betti, Jill Dahlburg, James Asay, Michael Campbell, Phillip Colella, Jeffrey Freidberg, Jeremy Goodman, David Hammer, Joseph Hoagland, Steve Jardin, John Lindl, Grant Logan, Keith Matzen, Gerald Navratil, Arthur Nobile, John Sethian, John Sheffield, Mark Tillack, Jon Weisheit

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This is the final report of a panel set up by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (FESAC) in response to a charge letter from Dr. Ray Orbach (Appendix A). In that letter, Dr. Orbach asked FESAC for "an assessment of the present status of" inertial fusion energy (IFE) research carried out in contributing programs. These programs include the heavy ion (HI) beam, the high average power laser (HAPL), and Z-Pinch drivers and associated technologies, including fast ignition (FI). This report, presented to FESAC on March 29, 2004, and subsequently approved by them (Appendix B), presents FESAC's response to that charge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-126
Number of pages34
JournalJournal of Fusion Energy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering


  • Fusion energy
  • Inertial confinement fusion


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