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INTERTIAL CONFINEMENT FUSION POWER PLANT WHICH DECOUPLES LIFE-LIMITED COMPONENT FROM PLANT AVAILABILITY

United States Patent Application

20140286471
A1
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An architecture for a fusion power plant is disclosed. The plant includes a fusion chamber for producing neutrons from a fusion reaction, and a laser system in which lasers are arranged about a vacuum chamber to provide energy to the fusion chamber to initiate the fusion reaction. The beam paths between the lasers and the fusion chamber are configured to prevent neutrons from the fusion chamber from reaching the laser system at a level that would preclude human access to the laser system.
Moses, Edward I. (Livermore, CA), Latkowski, Jeffery F. (Mercer Island, WA), Anklam, Thomas M. (Dublin, CA), Spaeth, Mary L. (Brentwood, CA), Dunne, Anthony Michael (Livermore, CA), Sawicki, Richard H. (Ashland, OR), Deri, Robert J. (Pleasanton, CA), Miles, Robin R. (Danville, CA), Bayramian, Andrew J. (Manteca, CA), Manes, Kenneth R. (Brentwood, CA), Amendt, Peter A. (Danville, CA), Erlandson, Alvin C. (Livermore, CA)
13/ 883,982
November 8, 2011
STATEMENT AS TO RIGHTS TO INVENTIONS MADE UNDER FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0002] The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC52-07NA27344 between the United States Department of Energy and Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC.