On fusion chain reactions in 11B targets for laser driven aneutronic fusion

  • Johannes Gruenwald Gruenwald Laboratories


The work presented in this letter suggests that it is possible to enhance the yield in laser driven aneutronic fusion devices by fusion chain reactions. This mechanism will be described using the example of aneutronic fusion between an incoming high-energy proton beam and a 11B target. Such fusion reactions create alphas that can again fuse with a 11B particle in a dense solid state target. An improved target design will be shown that enhances the recycling of fast alpha particles that are created from fusion reactions. It will also be argued that such alpha recycling may have already been observed in experiments, although it was attributed to another, more complex physical mechanism.