HB11’s concept is radically different to all current commercial fusion approaches and will not share any of the major challenges as DT fusion. It is also drastically simpler, and therefore will be cheaper and much faster to develop.
From a scientific standpoint, the few experiments that have been performed on HB11 laser fusion have demonstrated landmark results and have placed HB11 as the most likely candidate to realise safe, practical and economically viable energy generation. Three of these landmark results are described below.
Non-thermal fusion of HB11 – The first “landmark” result is that these laser-initiated fusion reactions have been demonstrated in several papers by Belyaev (2005), Labaune, Picciotto, Margarone and Giuffrida. “Plasma block ignition” was discovered numerically as a phenomenon that is responsible for the reactions by non-thermal means. This means that HB11 fusion can be achieved without heating a sample to very high temperatures, the need for which has posed multiple challenges to current fusion approaches with DT or DD fusion and will most likely deem all of them economically unviable. This provides validation that the HB11 reaction is possible, and that it can be achieved via non-thermal means using CPA laser pulses.
High HB11 reaction gains – The second “landmark” result extended from the observation that these HB11 reaction gains are many orders of magnitude higher than expected. In particular the results of