base of experimental and computational experience. The committee believes that the NIF can be delivered to specifications within the stated TPC, as augmented by LLNL-projected operating funds, allowing the high-energy-density and ignition experimental programs to proceed; there are no identifiable "show stoppers." The achievement of ignition appears likely, but not guaranteed. The steady scientific and technological progress in ICF during the 6 years since the last National Research Council review,5 the plausibility of ignition estimates based on the experimental and modeling results and capabilities in hand, and the flexibility of the proposed facility all support the committee's finding that the NIF project is technologically and scientifically ready to proceed as planned with reasonable confidence in the attainment of its objectives.

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National Research Council, Review of the Department of Energy's Inertial Confinement Fusion Program: Final Report, National Academy Press, Washington, D.C., September 1990.



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