The Participation of KMS Fusion, Inc., in the Department of Energy's Laser Fusion Program
EMD-78-67: Published: May 4, 1978. Publicly Released: May 4, 1978.
- Full Report:
A 1976 contract between the Energy Research and Development Administration, now the Department of Energy (DOE), and KMS Fusion Inc. (KMS) covered the setting up and operation of a new laser, target experiments, target design and fabrication, and laser fusion theory. A 1977 contract provided for correcting problems with the laser system and further work in the areas of the 1976 contract. KMS has fully complied with the requirements of both the 1976 and 1977 contracts and has made several unique contributions in the area of target fabrication. Under the 1976 contract, it produced large-diameter thin-wall glass, plastic, and multilayer target shells and developed new techniques which are requirements for improving laser fusion efficiency and/or eventually commercially operating laser fusion reactors. DOE stated that the 1976 target work exceeded contract requirements and showed considerable innovation. DOE characterized work under the 1977 contract objectives as being satisfactory and demonstrating high competence in the art of target fabrication. The only major instance of inadequate performance was KMS failure to achieve predicted laser power during the 1976 contract. KMS has had a significant role in developing laser fusion energy and may be capable of making significant contributions in the future.