About IFSA

The Eighth International Conference on Inertial Fusion Sciences and Applications (IFSA 2013) will be held at the Nara Prefectural New Public Hall, Nara, Japan, September 8 – 13, 2013. The goal of IFSA 2013 is to bring together scientists in the fields of inertial fusion sciences, high energy density physics, and related applications. Submitted papers will be peer reviewed, and the proceedings of the conference will be published.

IFSA 2013 will be chaired by Hiroshi Azechi (ILE), Edward Moses (LLNL), and Patrick Mora (ILP). Organizing Chairs are Ryosuke Kodama (Osaka U), William Goldstein (LLNL), and Sylvie Jacquemot (LULI). The Technical Program Committee will be co-chaired by Hiroyuki Shiraga (ILE), Bruce Hammel (LLNL), and Erik Lefebvre (CEA).

In resent years, significant advances have been made in high energy density science and the applications, with dramatic achievements in laser, Z-pinch, and particle beam technologies; in research on central hot-spot ignition, fast ignition, and the other alternative ignitions; and equations of state and radiative properties of warm dense matter, particle acceleration, or laboratory astrophysics and planetary science.

We are now on the path to the ignition and subsequent burning. Ignition experiments are being performed on the National Ignition Facility in the USA, and it will start soon on the Laser Mégajoule in France. Intensive physics and technology studies are conducted on laser-plasma interaction, implosion symmetry, and shock timing as well as target fabrication, and laser pulse shaping.

The large-energy laser facilities, such as GEKKO XII and LFEX in Japan, OMEGA and OMEGA-EP in USA, LULI2000 in France, and Vulcan in UK, also provide us with pioneering capabilities for studying materials science at extreme conditions and a variety of astrophysical phenomena. The development of high-intensity lasers has opened a new field of relativistic laser-plasma interaction. The extreme states thus achieved will advance contributions to science and industrial applications such as material processing, novel accelerators, ultra-bright and ultra-short radiation sources from THz to gamma-ray, and intense quantum beam sources (electron, proton, heavy ions, neutron, etc). X-ray free electron lasers, which are operated in the USA, Europe, and Japan, offer new experimental opportunities to create and probe high energy density plasmas.

Starting now and continuing in the next few years, the scientific world will witness the emergence of an increasing number of new experimental and computational platforms that will usher in an unprecedented era of studying matter at extreme conditions and subsequently a broad range of missions including the dream of inertial fusion energy.

This dynamic international conference will emphasize high-energy and high-intensity laser, pulsed power, particle beam-matter interaction, and high energy density physics — current achievements and promises for the future.