Retrospectiva del programa de fusión ARPA-E ALPHA

Por • 2 may, 2022 • Sección: Ciencia y tecnología

C. L. Nehl, R. J. Umstattd, W. R. Regan, S. C. Hsu, P. B. McGrath

This paper provides a retrospective of the ALPHA (Accelerating Low-cost Plasma Heating and Assembly) fusion program of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) of the U.S. Department of Energy. ALPHA’s objective was to catalyze research and development efforts to enable substantially lower-cost pathways to economical fusion power. To do this in a targeted, focused program, ALPHA focused on advancing the science and technology of pulsed, intermediate-density fusion approaches, including magneto-inertial fusion and Z-pinch variants, that have the potential to scale to commercially viable fusion power plants. The paper includes a discussion of the origins and framing of the ALPHA program, a summary of project status and outcomes, a description of associated technology-transition activities, and thoughts on a potential follow-on ARPA-E fusion program.

arXiv:1907.09921v2 [physics.plasm-ph]
Plasma Physics (physics.plasm-ph)

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