Fusion energy research is delivering impressive new results emerging from different infrastructures and industrial devices evolving rapidly from ideas to proof of principle demonstration and aiming at the conceptual design of reactors for production of electricity. A major milestone has recently been announced in laser fusion by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and is giving new thrust to laser fusion energy research worldwide. Here we discuss how these circumstances strongly suggest the need of a European intermediate-energy facility dedicated to the physics and technology of laser fusion ignition, the physics of fusion materials and advanced technologies for high-repetition-rate, high-average-power broadband lasers. We believe that the preparation of a broader scientific community and the increased engagement of industry, in partnership with research and academic institutions, make the construction of this infrastructure of extreme scientific attractiveness and most timely.

An evaluation of sustainability and societal impact of high power laser and fusion technologies: a case for a new european research infrastructure / Atzeni, S.; Batani, D.; Danson, C. N.; Gizzi, L. A.; Perlado, M.; Tatarakis, M.; Tikhonchuk, V.; Volpe, L.. - In: HIGH POWER LASER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING (PRINT). - ISSN 2095-4719. - (2021), pp. 1-7. [10.1017/hpl.2021.41]

An evaluation of sustainability and societal impact of high power laser and fusion technologies: a case for a new european research infrastructure

Atzeni, S.;Batani, D.;Gizzi, L. A.;Tikhonchuk, V.;
2021

Abstract

Fusion energy research is delivering impressive new results emerging from different infrastructures and industrial devices evolving rapidly from ideas to proof of principle demonstration and aiming at the conceptual design of reactors for production of electricity. A major milestone has recently been announced in laser fusion by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and is giving new thrust to laser fusion energy research worldwide. Here we discuss how these circumstances strongly suggest the need of a European intermediate-energy facility dedicated to the physics and technology of laser fusion ignition, the physics of fusion materials and advanced technologies for high-repetition-rate, high-average-power broadband lasers. We believe that the preparation of a broader scientific community and the increased engagement of industry, in partnership with research and academic institutions, make the construction of this infrastructure of extreme scientific attractiveness and most timely.
File allegati a questo prodotto
File Dimensione Formato  
Atzeni_an evaluation_2021.pdf

accesso aperto

Tipologia: Documento in Post-print (versione successiva alla peer review e accettata per la pubblicazione)
Licenza: Creative commons
Dimensione 838.03 kB
Formato Adobe PDF
838.03 kB Adobe PDF Visualizza/Apri PDF
Atzeni_an evaluation_2021.pdf

accesso aperto

Tipologia: Versione editoriale (versione pubblicata con il layout dell'editore)
Licenza: Creative commons
Dimensione 1.5 MB
Formato Adobe PDF
1.5 MB Adobe PDF Visualizza/Apri PDF

I documenti in IRIS sono protetti da copyright e tutti i diritti sono riservati, salvo diversa indicazione.

Utilizza questo identificativo per citare o creare un link a questo documento: https://hdl.handle.net/11573/1573584
Citazioni
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.pmc??? ND
  • Scopus 2
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.isi??? 1
social impact