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Method and System to Remove Debris from a Fusion Reactor Chamber

United States Patent Application

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A method of removing a debris cloud from a fusion reactor includes injecting a fluid jet into the fusion reactor at a first velocity and thereafter, injecting a fusion target into the fusion reactor at a second velocity. The method also includes irradiating the fusion target with laser light and creating a fusion event. The method further includes forming a debris cloud in a vicinity of the fusion event and removing the debris cloud from the fusion reactor. The fluid jet applies a motive force to the debris cloud.
Latkowski, Jeffery F. (Mercer Island, WA), Cook, Andrew W. (Brentwood, CA), Moses, Gregory A. (Madison, WI)
Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (Livermore CA)
13/ 614,831
September 13, 2012
STATEMENT AS TO RIGHTS TO INVENTIONS MADE UNDER FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH AND 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, for the operation of Lawrence Livermore National Security.