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DOE awards $8.2 million to Rochester Center for 'Extreme Fusion'.

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $8.2 million to the University of Rochester to support its Fusion Science Center for Extreme States of Matter for another five years. The funding represents a 50 percent increase over the previous $5.5 million grant, which founded the center in 2004.

Riccardo Betti, Chuang Ren and David Meyerhofer, professors of mechanical engineering and physics and astronomy, oversee the project, which makes use of the lasers at the University's Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE), including the new ultra-high-intensity laser beam lines of the Omega EP.

The fusion center helps physicists develop an understanding of extreme states of matter using new methods to achieve fusion. A new fusion scheme developed by the center makes use of a single laser operated in two different modes: a low-power mode to slowly compress the pellet, and a high-power mode to drive a shock wave to ignite the hydrogen fuel inside the pellet.

The Rochester-led center involves the participation of MIT, General Atomics, the University of California at San Diego, Ohio State University, UCLA, University of Nevada at Reno and the University of Texas at Austin, and it includes collaboration with the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration programs at Rochester and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

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Date:Nov 1, 2009
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