The Royal Society is hosting this scientific meeting to explore the wider research and development (R&D) potential of a world-leading High Energy Density (HED) science capability. Having previously hosted meetings on prospects for high-gain inertial fusion energy, the Society is keen to further engage with the scientific community to understand how a pulsed power device as an R&D platform can further benefit the UK’s science and technology research needs.
First Light Fusion will build the world’s largest pulsed power driver for HED science as it progresses its inertial fusion programme. This high-voltage, fast current rise time machine will access multi Gbar regimes on millimetre-spatial-scale lengths, where fundamental science questions on lab-astrophysics, planetary science, materials, radiation, and nuclear fusion can be explored.
We are also keen to understand the more novel areas of research where this machine could provide value. The meeting will explore the potential benefits to UK science from access to this unique type of asset for a variety of R&D application areas. We will also explore how adjustments to machine specifications might facilitate or improve utility in specific application areas, and how access to such a facility would function in practical terms.