Haven't been on here for a while. Came across the following interesting papers on arxiv by Hora, Miley, et al, on HB11 laser fusion. Thought you folks might find them a good read. Seem to be on the same topic as this thread & didn't find them posted elsewhere. Happy reading.
Laser boron fusion reactor with picosecond petawatt block ignition
Heinrich Hora, Shalom Eliezer, Jiaxiang Wang, Georg Korn, Noaz Nissim, Yanxia Xu, Paraskevas Lalousis, Goetz Kirchhoff, George H. Miley
(Submitted on 29 Jul 2017)
For developing a laser boron fusion reactor driven by picosecond laser pulses of more than 30 petawatts power, advances are reported about computations for the plasma block generation by the dielectric explosion of the interaction. Further results are about the direct drive ignition mechanism by a single laser pulse without the problems of spherical irradiation. For the sufficiently large stopping lengths of the generated alpha particles in the plasma results from other projects can be used.
Extreme laser pulses for possible development of boron fusion power reactors for clean and lasting energy
H. Hora, S. Eliezer, G. J. Kirchhoff, G. Korn, P. Lalousis, G. H. Miley, S. Moustaizis
(Submitted on 17 Mar 2017)
Extreme laser pulses driving non-equilibrium processes in high density plasmas permit an increase of the fusion of hydrogen with the boron isotope 11 by nine orders of magnitude of the energy gains above the classical values. This is the result of initiating the reaction by non-thermal ultrahigh acceleration of plasma blocks by the nonlinear (ponderomotive) force of the laser field, in addition to the avalanche reaction that has now been experimentally and theoretically manifested. The design of a very compact fusion power reactor is scheduled to produce then environmentally fully clean and inexhaustible generation of energy at profitably low costs. The reaction within a volume of cubic millimetres during a nanosecond can only be used for controlled power generation.
PS. recent news from ladajo on EMC2 News thread sounds mighty tantilising. Can't wait to hear more of Polywell. Glad to see it's still bubbling/spinning away.