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Production of ultradense deuterium: A compact future fusion fuel

Journal article
Authors Shahriar Badiei
Patrik U Andersson
Leif Holmlid
Published in Applied Physics Letters
Volume 96
Issue 12
Pages 124103 (3 pages)
ISSN 1077-3118
Publication year 2010
Published at Department of Chemistry
Pages 124103 (3 pages)
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.3371718
Keywords Ultra-dense deuterium, nuclear fusion
Subject categories Plasma physics with fusion, Condensed Matter Physics

Abstract

Ultradense deuterium as a nuclear fuel in laser-ignited inertial confinement fusion appears to have many advantages. The density of ultradense deuterium D(−1) is as high as 140 kg cm−3 or 10^29 cm−3. This means that D(−1) will be very useful as a target fuel, circumventing the complex and unstable laser compression stage. We show that the material is stable apart from the oscillation between two forms, and can exist for days in the laboratory environment. We also demonstrate that an amount of D(−1) corresponding to tens of kilojoules is produced in each experiment. This may be sufficient for break-even.

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