IAEA-TM on Physics and Technology of
IFE Targets and Chambers

The Institute of Laser Engineering (ILE), Osaka University, will host the 6th IAEA Technical Meeting on Physics and Technology of Inertial Fusion Energy Targets and Chambers at the Nara Prefectural New Public Hall , Nara, Japan, on Sep. 12, 2013, in conjunction with IFSA 2013. The previous meetings were held in Madrid, Spain (June 2000), San Diego, USA (June 2002), Daejon, Korea (October 2004), Kobe, Japan (September 2007) and Vienna, Austria (March 2010).

1) Purpose and scope

 In the field of laser fusion research, implosion experiments to clarify the science mechanisms of ignition and burning are ongoing at the National Ignition Facility in the USA using a very large laser with an energy equivalent to that expected for a single shot in a fusion power plant.  A similar large project is also being carried out in France.  It is possible that central ignition using indirect irradiation may be achieved within the next couple of years.  The HiPER project in the EU and the LIFE project in the USA are currently underway to consider plans after ignition has been achieved.
 The success of ignition will encourage discussion on conventional central ignition by direct irradiation and advanced ignition schemes such as fast ignition, impact ignition and shock ignition.  Development of an integrated reactor system capable of repeated target injection, tracking and firing is the nearest milestone toward inertial fusion energy (IFE).  The successful realization of such a system will increase the reliability of IFE and open the way for new applications such as DT neutron sources.

 The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) plays a proactive role in catalyzing innovation and expanding the worldwide commitment to fusion.  As a contribution to the activities of the IAEA, the ILE will host the IAEA-Technical Meeting (TM) on “Physics and Technology of IFE Targets and Chambers” jointly with Inertial Fusion Sciences and Application (IFSA) 2013.  The purpose of the TM is to consider progress and perspectives with regard to the realization of an IFE power plant, including the contribution of developing countries.

 The scope of this meeting includes the following areas in physics and engineering related to IFE reactor technologies:


Physics related to reactors and reactor design
Target fabrication focused on mass production
Target injection and tracking
Beam steering including SBS
Final optics
IFE reactor systems
Safety and maintenance

2) Technical sessions

 The technical program will consist of invited oral sessions and a contributed poster session.  The two sessions of IFSA 2013 II-J IFE power plant technologies and II-K Target fabrication on Sep. 12, 2013, will be shared with IAEA-TM. 

3) Organization

 Prof. Hiroshi Azechi, Director of the Institute of Laser Engineering, Osaka University and co-chair of IFSA 2013, will organize an oral session and a poster session for the TM, and Prof. M. Dunne and Prof. J. M. Perlado will act as co-chairs.

4) Program committee (TBD)

Active chair T. Norimatsu, ILE, Osaka University, Japan
  H. Shiraga, ILE, Osaka University, Japan (Chair of IFSA program committee)

5) Expenditure and financial support

No registration fee will be charged by the IAEA for participants at the TM. Host services such as accommodation, meals, and social programs, should be arranged between participants and the host. As a general rule, the IAEA does not pay travel or living costs to participants for attending the meeting. However, limited funds are available to help meet the cost of attendance and participation of a few selected specialists, mainly from developing countries with low economic resources. Generally, not more than one grant will be awarded to any single developing country. The grants will be in the form of lump sums usually covering part of the cost of attendance.

If governments wish to apply for a grant on behalf of one of their specialists, they should address specific requests to the IAEA Scientific Secretary at the International Atomic Energy Agency to this effect. Governments should ensure that applications for grants:

  • a) are received by the IAEA before 25 May, 2013
  • b) are accompanied by a duly completed and signed Grant Form C and an estimate of the flight costs from/to their country and Japan obtained from a valid travel agent.
  • c) are made only on behalf of a participant with an accepted contribution.

Applications that do not comply with the conditions mentioned above will not be considered.
Awards will be announced around 15 June, 2013


Designated participants who require a visa to enter Japan should submit the necessary application to the nearest diplomatic or consular representative of Japan as soon as possible.

7) Key schedule (TBD)

April 15, 2013 Deadline for abstracts
May 25, 2013 Deadline for grant application
June 7, 2013 Announcement of draft program
July 12, 2013 Deadline for early registration
August 9, 2013 Deadline for hotel booking with specially discounted rate

8) Submission procedure for abstract

 Abstract should be written in clear English on an A4 size paper (297×210 mm) with a 25 mm margin on all sides. The text should be typed in one column format with 12 pt font size. “Times New Roman” font or equivalent is recommended. The total length will be limited to one page for all presentations. Page number should not be added for easily making the abstract book. Please refer to the sample MS-WORD file for more details.
Send your abstract in a pdf file by April 15, 2013 to iaea-tm13@ile.osaka-u.ac.

9) Location (same as IFSA2013)

Nara Prefectural New Public Hall, Nara, Japan

10) Remarks

  • No registration fee for attendees of TM only.
  • TM participants can attend shared sessions only.
  • Participants of IFSA can attend TM.

The details are as follows.

Registration type IFSA sessions Shared sessions Abstract book Tour Banquet and social events Submission to IFSA Proceedings book
IFSA Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
TM No Yes Special copies  (shared sessions only) No Yes
(if paid)

Registered participants of IFSA2013 will be allowed to attend the TM.

11) IAEA Scientific Secretary

Richard Kamendje
Fusion and Plasma Physicist
Physics Section
Division of Physical and Chemical Sciences, International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna International Centre, P.O. Box 100, A-1400 Vienna, Austria
Tel: +43 (0) 1 2600-21707
Fax: +43 (0) 1 26007

12) ILE Contact person

Takayoshi Norimatsu
Institute of Laser Engineering
Osaka University
2-6 Yamada-oka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871
TEL (81)-6-6879-8779
Fax (81)-6-6877-4799
E-mail norimats@ile.osaka-u.ac.jp