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Master of Science (M.S.)



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Dale Dinmine


The Induction Linac System Experiment (ILSE) is a heavy-ion fusion (HIF) device that is being designed at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (LBL). The machine will be capable of accelerating 16 carbon ion beams, which are subsequently merged into 4 beams, to energies in the neighborhood of 10 MeV (10 million electron- volts). The purpose of the experiment will be to demonstrate the process of simultaneous acceleration and current amplification for a multiple beam accelerator configuration. If this process can be mastered, the beams produced by a machine such as ILSE would be used to implode and heat a deuterium-tritium (D-T) fuel pellet and produce a thermonuclear inertial confinement fusion (ICF) burn. This technology of achieving a fusion reaction using ion beams is referred to as Heavy-Ion Fusion (HIF) [1].





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