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Laser-driven implosion of thermonuclear fuel to 20 to 40 g cm–3


Inertial fusion requires the compression of fusion fuel to densities approaching 1,000 times the density of liquid DT. Compression of DT to densities in the range of 100 to 200 times its liquid density has been achieved using cryogenically cooled solid-fuel-layer DT-filled capsules irradiated directly with high-intensity symmetric short-wavelength laser radiation.

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McCrory, R., Soures, J., Verdon, C. et al. Laser-driven implosion of thermonuclear fuel to 20 to 40 g cm–3. Nature 335, 225–229 (1988).

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