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Prospects for high gain inertial fusion energy

Discussion meeting

Location

The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

Overview

Scientific discussion meeting organised by Professor Peter Norreys, Dr Kate Lancaster, Professor Mark Koepke, Professor George Tynan and Dr Christopher Ridgers.

The National Ignition Facility Target Chamber, courtesy of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Inertial fusion is a grand challenge for humanity and promises many disruptive scientific applications, including nucleosynthesis of high-Z elements, future power generation and the brightest possible source for neutron scattering science. This meeting will bring together the world’s leading scientists and policy advocates to begin preparations for the next generation facilities that enable movement directly to high energy gain.

The schedule of talks and speaker biographies will be available shortly. Speaker abstracts will be available closer to the meeting date. Recorded audio of the presentations will be available on this page after the meeting has taken place. Meeting papers will be published in a future issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A.

Attending this event

This meeting is intended for researchers in relevant fields.

  • Free to attend
  • Advance registration essential
  • An optional lunch can be purchased during registration

Enquiries: contact the Scientific Programmes team

Poster session

There will be a poster session at 17:00 on Monday 2 March 2020. If you would like to apply to present a poster please submit your proposed title, abstract (not more than 200 words and must be in third person), author list, name of the proposed presenter and institution to the Scientific Programmes team with the subject heading "High gain inertial fusion: poster abstract" as soon as possible. Please note that places are limited and are selected at the scientific organisers' discretion. Poster/talk abstracts will only be considered if the presenter is registered to attend the meeting.

Whilst the posters are free to view for all registered participants, the corresponding optional drinks reception is ticketed. Drinks reception tickets can be purchased in advance during registration.

Event organisers

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Schedule of talks

02 March

Session 1 09:00-12:30

Potential Benefits

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Chairs

Dr James Sadler, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA

09:00-09:05 Welcome by the Royal Society & Dr Kate Lancaster

09:05-09:30 Preparations for a European R&D Roadmap for an Inertial Fusion Demo Reactor

Professor Peter Norreys, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, UK

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09:30-09:45 Discussion

09:45-10:15 Beyond the Physics and Demonstration of Ignition

Dr Stephen O Dean, Fusion Power Associates, USA

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10:15-10:30 Discussion

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-11:30 Political and Commercial Prospects for Inertial Fusion Energy

Mr Andrew Holland, Fusion Industry Association, USA

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11:30-11:45 Discussion

11:45-12:15 How might controlled fusion fit into the emerging low-carbon energy system of the mid-21st century?

Professor George Tynan, UC San Diego, USA

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12:15-12:30 Discussion

12:30-13:30

LUNCH

Session 2 13:30-18:00

Progress

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Chairs

Professor Gianluca Gregori, University of Oxford, UK

13:30-14:00 Inertial Confinement Fusion: a Defence Context

Professor Andrew Randewich, AWE plc, UK

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14:00-14:15 Discussion

14:10-14:40 Perspectives on high energy density science and inertial confinement fusion

Dr Kimberly S Budil, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA

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14:45-15:00 Discussion

14:50-15:10 Title tbc

Dr Njema J Frazier, NNSA Office of Experimental Sciences, USA

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15:10-15:15 Presentation

15:15-15:35 Tea break

15:35-16:05 Direct Drive Laser Fusion, status, plans and future

Dr Mike Campbell, Director Laboratory for Laser Energetics, University of Rochester, USA

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16:05-16:15 Discussion

16:15-16:45 Progress and opportunities for inertial fusion energy in France and Europe

Professor Vladimir Tikhonchuk, CELIA, University of Bordeaux, France

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16:45-17:00 Discussion

17:00-18:00 Poster session

03 March

Session 3 09:00-12:30

Current Status

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Dr Ceri Brenner, UKRI – Central Laser Facility, UK

09:00-09:30 Modelling burning thermonuclear plasmas

Professor Steven Rose, Imperial College London, UK

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09:30-09:45 Discussion

09:45-10:15 Progress of Double-Cone-Collision Ignition Programe

Professor Jie Zhang , Chinese Academy of Sciences & Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

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10:15-10:30 Discussion

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-11:30 Progress on Inertial Confinement Fusion Research at the National Ignition Facility

Dr Mark Herrmann, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA

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11:30-11:45 Discussion

11:45-12:15 Exploring the micro-physics of inertial confinement fusion

Dr Christopher Ridgers, University of York, UK

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12:15-12:30 Discussion

12:30-13:30

LUNCH

Session 4 13:30-17:00

Commercialisation

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13:30-14:00 Research and Innovation Infrastructure for the UK

Professor Mark Thomson, UKRI-STFC, UK

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14:00-14:15 Discussion

14:15-14:45 The challenges to delivering magnetic fusion energy and the synergies with inertial fusion

Professor Ian Chapman, UK Atomic Energy Authority, UK

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14:45-15:00 Discussion

15:00-15:30 Tea break

15:30-16:00 Factors influencing the commercialisation of inertial fusion energy

Professor Mark Koepke, West Virginia University, USA

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16:00-16:15 Discussion

16:15-17:00 Panel discussion/Overview (future directions)

Prospects for high gain inertial fusion energy

2 - 3 March 2020

The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK
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