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The Sixth International Conference on Inertial Fusion Sciences and Applications (IFSA 2009) will be held at the InterContinental Hotel in San Francisco, California, U.S.A., September 6 – 11, 2009. The goal of IFSA 2009 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.

In recent years, significant advances have been made in high energy density science, with dramatic technical achievements using lasers, Z-pinch and particle beam systems including research results in fast ignition, central hot spot ignition, equations of state, warm dense matter, particle acceleration and laser-plasma interactions. Ignition and subsequent high gain target experiments have become realistic near-term goals with the construction of two large-scale national projects, the National Ignition Facility (NIF) in the U.S.A., completed in March 2009 and the Laser Megajoule in France, to be completed in 2012. To reach the ignition parameter window, intensive studies are being conducted on laser-plasma interactions, shock wave control, target fabrication, and laser pulse shaping.

The scheme of fast ignition and the development of high-intensity lasers have opened a new field of relativistic laser-plasma interactions. The extreme states achieved in this field will advance contributions to science and industrial applications such as high-intensity x-ray applications, material processing, novel accelerators and laboratory astrophysics.

IFSA 2009 will be chaired by Edward Moses (LLNL), Christine Labaune (ILP), and Kazuo A. Tanaka (ILE and Graduate School of Engineering). Organizing Chairs are Bill Goldstein (LLNL), Sylvie Jacquemot (LULI), and Hiroshi Azechi (ILE). The Technical Program Committee will be co-chaired by Ryosuke Kodama (ILE), Bruce Hammel, (LLNL), and Mike Dunne (CLF).

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 intertial 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.



The National Ignition Facility

The National Ignition Facility in Livermore, CA

Laser & Plasm Institute

Laser & Plasma Institute Le Barp, France

Laser Megajoule

Laser Megajoule in Bordeaux, France

Institute of Laser Engineering

Institute of Laser Engineering in Osaka, Japan