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Laser Amplification by Electric Pulse Power

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Background

This is a technology for the amplification of an energy beam i.e. a laser light or a charged particle beam. Laser have a variety of uses, however a lot of potential uses depend entirely on the ability to achieve a sufficiently high energy laser beam. For instance, in contained thermonuclear fusion applications lasers are currently used for ignition of a fusion target, however current practices involving pulsed lasers exhibit either low efficiency or poor stand-off and repetition rates.

 

Description

This technology is an apparatus and method for the amplification of an energy beam using an implosive force. The energy beam is directed through the liner, propagating via reflection on the interior walls of the liner. At this point an implosive force compresses the inner walls of the liner, amplifying the energy beam significantly. This beam is high energy enough at this point to ignite a fusion target without needing a significant portion of the energy generated to power, and the less energy the laser needs to ignite nuclear fusion, the more energy the reaction provides for use. This has many applications though, not only in thermonuclear reactors. Anywhere energy beams are used, from the military to medical applications, stronger energy beams can lead to revolutions in any number of energy beam-related fields.

 

Advantages

  • Efficient creation of high-power energy beams
  • Faster ignition of fusion targets
  • More compact method of laser amplification

 

Publications

 

 

UNR05-009

 

Patent Information:
For Information, Contact:
Shannon Sheehan
Manager, Technology Commercialization
University of Nevada, Reno
ssheehan@unr.edu
Inventors:
Friedwardt Winterberg
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