The 11th International Conference on Inertial Fusion Sciences and Applications (IFSA 2019) will be held in Osaka, Japan, on September 22-27, 2019. The goal of IFSA2019 is to bring together scientists and engineers in the fields of inertial fusion sciences and high-energy-density physics, of their applications and of the all the required technologies.
IFSA2019 will be co-chaired by Ryosuke Kodama (Japan), John Edwards (USA), and Sylvie Jacquemot (France). The Organizing Chairs are Hiroyuki Shiraga (Japan), Sylvie Jacquemot (France), and Richard Town (USA). The Technical Program Committee will be co-chaired by Shinsuke Fujioka (Japan), Dimitri Batani (France), and Bruce Hammel (USA).
The scientific program will be built from invited talks, oral contributions and posters – presenting theoretical, computational and experimental results from facilities worldwide – on any of the topics listed on the webpage Program/Topics.
The conference will provide a unique forum to discuss the latest results in all of these fields.
In recent years, significant advances have been made in high-energy-density (HED) and inertial fusion energy ( IFE) science.
A regime dominated by alpha-particle self-heating was achieved on NIF (USA) while preliminary experiments on the LMJ (France) already delivered valuable inputs to the understanding of radiation hydrodynamics. New insights into these indirectly-driven fusion plasmas will certainly be given by the high-energy petawatt laser systems implemented on these facilities (respectively ARC and PETAL).
In parallel, fuel hot spot pressures above 50 Gbars were inferred in directly-driven implosions on OMEGA (USA) and the polar-direct drive configuration was validated on NIF, which leads to promising extrapolations at MJ energies.
Externally assisted fusion research is also progressing. Strong shocks – launched at pressures of several hundred Mbars – were produced in direct-drive planar and spherical experiments on OMEGA and on the LIL (France), providing supporting evidence towards shock ignition. As for fast ignition, using a strong external magnetic field to improve collimation of the relativistic electron beam was successfully demonstrated on LULI2000 (France) and in FIREX experiments on GEKKO-LFEX (Japan).
In addition, first results on Z (USA) proved the appeal of the MagLIF approach (USA), which efficiently combines Z-pinch implosion with fuel magnetic insulation and laser pre-heating.
However, major issues still remain unresolved and clear goals have been set for the next 5 years.
As well as advancing inertial fusion energy research, scientists from around the world are using HED facilities to explore fundamental scientific questions that are of broad interest to the entire scientific field. Particular areas of emphasis have been the behavior of matter at conditions found in planets and stars, plasma astrophysics, relativistic plasma physics, and fundamental high energy density science. Finally, 3rd generation, ultra‐short, rep‐rated multi‐petawatt lasers are worldwide opening up new fields of research based on the investigation of the extreme states reached in relativistic laser‐plasma interactions, and on their potential applications.
These advances offer exciting opportunities and challenges to the research community and make for inspiring discussions during the conference.