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HEARTHFIRE – Inertial Confinement Fusion (1974 – 1980 at Argonne)

At Argonne, the concept of using intense pulsed proton or deuteron beams for inertial confinement fusion (ICF) of DT targets was originated by R. Martin in 1974.  By 1976, that concept had evolved to “Hearthfire”, a novel synchrotron design for accelerating Iodine ions for use as an ICF driver. The DOE (then ERDA) subsequently convened a series of workshops and summer studies to evaluate various heavy ion ICF schemes.  

References - Document Access Guide

  • Pellet Fusion by High Energy Heavy Ions, R. Burke, Y. Cho, J. Fasolo, S. Fenster, M. Foss, T. Khoe, A. Langsdorf, and R. Martin, IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, 1977 Particle Accelerator Conference, 16-18 March 1977, Chicago, IL, NS- 24, No. 3, p. 1012 (1977).
    (Located at JACoW)
  • Recent Progress and Plans for Heavy Ion Fusion, T. Godlove, IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, 1979 Particle Accelerator Conference 12-14 June 1979, San Franscisco, CA, NS- 26, No. 3, p 2997 (1979).
    (Located at JACoW)

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