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Inaugural IFE Science and Technology Strategic Planning Workshop:
Updates on Progress, Visions, and Near-Term Opportunities
April 24-27, 2007


April 24: Overviews - Approaches to IFE

All Day Plenary Session

7:00-8:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00-8:30 Workshop Motivation and Objectives (Ed Synakowski, LLNL)
8:30-9:00 Setting the Stage for IFE and Workshop Overview (Wayne Meier, LLNL)

Following speakers to address current status, near-term plans, long-range visions and funding needs to move to the next step for the particular approach. With respect to planning, address

  • How do you see your approach evolving beyond the near term?
  • What needs to be accomplished to move forward on such a strategy?
  • What are the potential landscape-changing developments?
  • What are the technical issues for your approach?

9:00-9:30 HAPL/KrF (John Sethian, NRL)
9:30-9:40 Q&A

9:40-10:00 break

10:00-10:30 DPSSL (Al Erlandson, LLNL)
10:30-11:00 Discussion

11:00–11:30 FTF (Steve Obenschain, NRL)
11:30–12:00 Discussion

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-1:30 HIF (Grant Logan, LBNL)
1:30-2:00 Discussion

2:00-2:30 Z-IFE (Craig Olson, SNL)
2:30-3:00 Discussion

3:00-3:15 Break

3:15-3:45 FI as a Cross-Cutting Option for IFE (Mike Campbell, GA)
3:45-4:00 Discussion

4:00-4:30 The Potential Benefits of Magnetic Fields in Inertially Confined Plasmas (Bruno Bauer, UN-Reno)
4:30-4:45 Discussion

4:45- 6:00 Panel Discussion (Campbell, Dean, Logan, Olson, Sangster, Sethian, Synakowski)
What can/should we do to be prepared to take advantage of growing interest in and funding for IFE that could be triggered by a variety of events? (e.g., successful ignition on NIF, increase concern about global climate change, increase interest in domestic energy sources, etc.)

April 25: Working Together in the Near-Term to Advance IFE and Related Science

7:30-8:00 Continental Breakfast

Interagency Approach to High Energy Density Laboratory Plasmas (HEDLP)
8:00-8:30 OFES, NNSA Perspectives (Ray Fonck, OFES and Chris Keane, NNSA)
8:30-8:50 Overview of the National Task Force Report on HEDP: Setting the Stage (Ron Davidson, PPPL)
8:50-9:15 Updated Planning for HED-LP (Francis Thio, OFES)
9:15-9:45 Discussions
9:45-10:00 Break

Plenary Talks: Existing and near-term ICF/HEDP capabilities and research plans focusing on R&D relevant to IFE
Questions to focus the plenary talks include:

  • What are the HEDP questions that can be addressed in the near-term that are relevant to IFE? How can NNSA facilities be used to support IFE both now and post ignition?
  • What are current or planned interactions with the other communities (ICF/HEDP/IFE)?
  • Who are the customers for this HEDP science besides the IFE/ICF community?

ICF/HEDP Facilities and R&D:
10:00-10:45 NIC and NIF (John Lindl, LLNL)
10:45-11:15 Omega (John Soures, UR-LLE)
11:15-11:45 Z-pinch (Keith Matzen, SNL)
11:45-12:15 Nike--1) ICF experiments and plans, 2) ICF Physics issues (Andy Schmitt, NRL)

12:15- 1:15 Lunch

1:15-1:45 Advanced Ignition (Fast and other two-step ignition) (Riccardo Betti, UR-LLE)
1:45-2:15 HIFS/WDM/hydrodynamics experiments on NDCX-I and NDCX-II (John Barnard, LLNL)
2:15-2:45 A pathway to HEDP: Magnetized Target Fusion (Glen Wurden, LANL)
2:45-3:00 Break

3:00-5:00 PM - Breakout Sessions *
Four groups. Same questions for each group:

  • What are the HEDP questions that can be addressed in IFE-relevant NNSA and OFES
    facilities? Which questions are directly relevant to IFE? What types of IFE-relevant experiments can be done on NNSA ICF facilities?
  • How does addressing these questions enable progress in IFE?
  • What opportunities exist that can be captured with growing budgets?
  • How are the IFE/ICF/HEDP communities working together to maximize use of limited resources to advance the underlying science of IFE? What obstacles exist? How can these working relationships be improved?

*Breakout group leaders to prepare a single summary talk to be given the final day.

April 26: International Perspective and IFE Science and Technology in the Long Term

7:30-8:00 Continental Breakfast

International Activities
8:00-8:30 FIREX Project (Hiroshi Azechi, ILE, Osaka, Japan)
8:30-9:00 Hiper and other EU Activities (Mike Dunne, RAL, UK)
9:00-9:30 IAEA Coordinated Research Program on IFE (Neil Alexander, GA)

9:30-10:00 Discussion on opportunities for international collaborations

10:00-10:15 Break

10:15 AM-12:00 PM – Contributed/Solicited talks (~ 5 @ 15-20 min each)
Other (non-driver) Enabling and Cross-Cutting Science and Technology

  • A Survey of Advanced Target Options for IFE (John Perkins, LLNL)
  • Ion-Driven Fast Ignition: Scientific Challenges and Tradeoffs (Juan Fernandez, LANL)
  • Thick Liquid Protection for Inertial Fusion Energy Chambers (Per Peterson, UCB)
  • Dry Wall Chamber Designs (Rene Raffray, UCSD)
  • Status of Developing Target Supply Methodologies for Inertial Fusion (Dan Goodin, GA)

12:00-1:00 PM - Lunch

1:00-3:00 Poster Session (contributed posters)

3:00-5:00 PM - Breakout Sessions – IFE Planning Revisited
Four groups. Same questions for each group:

  • What are the elements of a compelling breakout strategy for IFE?
  • What advances have to be made to make such a strategy credible?
  • What advances can only be made with increased funding?
  • Have views of an IFE development path changed since FESAC report? If so, how?

* Breakout group leaders to prepare single summary talk for the final day

April 27: Next Generation and Next Steps

8:00-8:30 Continental Breakfast

8:30-10:00 AM - Panel Discussion
Training the Next Generation: University Participation in HEDP and IFE Science and Technology (5 minute introductions + Discussion)

(Farhat Beg, UCSD, Rick Freeman, OSU, Shahram Sharafat, UCLA, Brian Wirth, UCB)

10:00-10:15 Break

Summaries from Breakout sessions
(up to 30 minute presentation plus 15 minute discussion)

10:15-11:00 Wednesday Breakout Summary: Working together to advance IFE and related science
11:00-11:45 Thursday Breakout Summary: IFE Planning

11:45 AM-12:00 PM - Concluding Remarks, Action Items, Next Steps

12:00 PM - Adjourn



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