High Power Laser Science and Engineering, Vol. 1, Issue 1, 01000002 (2013)
Laser requirements for a laser fusion energy power plant
Stephen E. Bodner1,†, Andrew J. Schmitt2, and John D. Sethian2
- 1550 Carolina Meadows Villas, Chapel Hill, NC 27517, United States
- 2Plasma Physics Division, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington DC 20375, United States
We will review some of the requirements for a laser that would be used with a laser fusion energy power plant, including frequency, spatial beam smoothing, bandwidth, temporal pulse shaping, efficiency, repetition rate, and reliability. The lowest risk and optimum approach uses a krypton fluoride gas laser. A diode-pumped solid-state laser is a possible contender.
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