June 5, 2020
Czech Republic
Europe/Prague timezone

Summary

SUMMARY

This topic has been presented and debated during the Discussion Workshop on Proton-Boron Fusion, which was held at ELI-Beamlines (Czech Republic) on June 5th, 2020. The workshop has gathered approximately 20 specialists form different research institutions and companies (CELIA from France, INFN, FBK and ENEA from Italy, European Commission from Belgium, SNRC from Israel, IoP-CAS from the Czech-Republic, QUB from UK, and Marvel Fusion from Germany) with the goal of identifying current technological challenges and future steps, along with scientific and societal potential impacts in the field of clean energy production

Various experimental and theoretical approaches were presented and discussed, with the aim to both understand the underpinning physics and enhance the fusion reaction yield. In particular, various options for laser and target technologies, potentially suitable to optimize the production of alpha-particles from pB fusion events, were presented. Furthermore, different diagnostics to measure yield and energy of the fusion products were critically discussed, along with advanced numerical modelling.

The Discussion Workshop was also focused on a preliminary consideration of available funding opportunities, also involving industrial partners, aimed to accelerate the formation of a European network jointly working on R&D activities in the field of proton-boron fusion and applications.