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Physics of inertial confinement

1) Earth energy balance, energy production methods, greenhouse effect, nuclear fusion
2) Options for fusion initialization, muon catalysis versus high temperature, Lawson criterion
3) Principle of ICF, energy gain, necessity of fuel compression, directly driven and indirectly driven ICF, inertial confinement fusion for energy production (IFE)
4) Shell target, aspect ratio, ablative shell acceleration, shock wave, spherical cumulation
5) Hydrodynamic instabilities, laser imprint
6) Laser interaction, laser beam propagation in corona, laser beam homogenization, laser absorption, parametric instabilities, stimulatebrillouin and Raman scattering
7) Energy transport in target, electron heat flux, radiation transport
8) Fusion spark, fusion burn wave, induced magnetic fields, -particle kinetics
9) Fast ignition of ICF, subpicosecond laser interactions with targets
10) Target manufacturing for ICF, special target layers, cryogenic targets
11) Interaction of intense ion beams with targets
12) Concepts of energy reactors for IFE, tritium production, first wall protection
13) Advantages and drawbacks of energy drivers for IFE
14) High energy density physics, strongly coupled plasma, Equation-of-State at extreme pressures, laboratory astrophysics
15) Other laser-plasma applications – X-ray laser and sources, electron and ion acceleration

Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic