Hamamatsu Photonics has completed a new beam line for laser fusion experiments that allows measurement of laser-induced pressures up to one million atmospheres.
This new beam line will accelerate research on high-repetition rate laser fusion.


Beam piping (at rear in photo), chamber (at center in photo) and streak camera (at right of chamber)

Hamamatsu Photonics has completed a new beam line that measures pressures up to one million atmospheres created by irradiating the target with a 100-joule class laser for laser fusion experiments. Based on the measurement results obtained here, we will optimize the laser irradiation conditions to boost the pressure exerted on the target to make it easier for nuclear fusion reactions to occur. This streamlined operation steps up the pace of basic and applied research into high-repetition rate laser fusion for accelerating the practical use of laser fusion.

Research results obtained from using this beam line facility will be presented at the international “27th IAEA Fusion Energy Conference (FEC 2018)” hosted by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to be held in Ahmedabad, Gujarat State, India for 6 days from October 22 (Monday) to October 27 (Saturday).