Preparations for a European R&D roadmap for an inertial fusion demo reactor

Norreys, P. A. and Ceurvorst, L. and Sadler, J. D. and Spiers, B. T. and Aboushelbaya, R. and Mayr, M. W. and Paddock, R. and Ratan, N. and Savin, A. F. and Wang, R. H. W. and Glize, K. and Trines, R. M. G. M. and Bingham, R. and Hill, M. P. and Sircombe, N. and Ramsay, M. and Allan, P. and Hobbs, L. and James, S. and Skidmore, J. and Fyrth, J. and Luis, J. and Floyd, E. and Brown, C. and Haines, B. M. and Olson, R. E. and Yi, S. A. and Zylstra, A. B. and Flippo, K. and Bradley, P. A. and Peterson, R. R. and Kline, J. L. and Leeper, R. J. (2021) Preparations for a European R&D roadmap for an inertial fusion demo reactor. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 379 (2189). 20200005. ISSN 1471-2962

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    A European consortium of 15 laboratories across nine nations have worked together under the EUROFusion Enabling Research grants for the past decade with three principle objectives. These are: (a) investigating obstacles to ignition on megaJoule-class laser facilities; (b) investigating novel alternative approaches to ignition, including basic studies for fast ignition (both electron and ion-driven), auxiliary heating, shock ignition, etc.; and (c) developing technologies that will be required in the future for a fusion reactor. A brief overview of these activities, presented here, along with new calculations relates the concept of auxiliary heating of inertial fusion targets, and provides possible future directions of research and development for the updated European Roadmap that is due at the end of 2020. This article is part of a discussion meeting issue 'Prospects for high gain inertial fusion energy (part 2)'.

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    Norreys, P. A., Ceurvorst, L., Sadler, J. D., Spiers, B. T., Aboushelbaya, R., Mayr, M. W., Paddock, R., Ratan, N., Savin, A. F., Wang, R. H. W., Glize, K., Trines, R. M. G. M., Bingham, R. ORCID logoORCID:, Hill, M. P., Sircombe, N., Ramsay, M., Allan, P., Hobbs, L., James, S., Skidmore, J., Fyrth, J., Luis, J., Floyd, E., Brown, C., Haines, B. M., Olson, R. E., Yi, S. A., Zylstra, A. B., Flippo, K., Bradley, P. A., Peterson, R. R., Kline, J. L. and Leeper, R. J.;