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  • Received: Aug. 27, 2012

    Accepted: Nov. 1, 2012

    Posted: Mar. 10, 2013

    Published Online: Jul. 17, 2013

    The Author Email: Stephen E. Bodner (bodners@icloud.com)

    DOI: 10.1017/hpl.2013.1

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    Stephen E. Bodner, Andrew J. Schmitt, John D. Sethian. Laser requirements for a laser fusion energy power plant[J]. High Power Laser Science and Engineering, 2013, 1(1): 01000002

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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

Author Affiliations

  • 1550 Carolina Meadows Villas, Chapel Hill, NC 27517, United States
  • 2Plasma Physics Division, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington DC 20375, United States

Abstract

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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