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Presentation of the HiPER Plus project

    The HiPER Plus project – new developments (18 May 2023)

    During the period between the last communication (March 2022) and 18 May 2023 there was another big historic achievement at Livermore: The laser-driven inertial fusion principle has been fully demonstrated reaching ignition and burn, with a net energy gain (fusion energy versus laser energy) of 1.5. This last result has shown clearly that laser-fusion ignition is indeed possible, predictable, and repeatable.

    HiPER+ initiative has never stopped its work activities, but after the 5th of December 2022 there was an acceleration with the aim to develop a roadmap for the Inertial Fusion Energy research in Europe.

    In this context, we developed the following actions:

    1. Dissemination by performing several presentations in workshops and conferences (see list attached).
    2. Submission of ERASMUS+ proposal for an IFE European training program (March 2023).
    3. Landscape analysis for the EU research ecosystem (presented to ESFRI commission in April 2023).
    4. Preparation of an individual collaboration agreement to be signed by any interested scientist.
    5. Development of the European laser driven IFE Roadmap of research.


    1. Read the agreement attached here.
    2. If you agree to sign connect to the Google form and confirm your availability to sign.
    3. After that you will receive an invitation to sign the agreement online.
    4. Anyone can sign the agreement on the web without the need to use electronic signature.

    The continuation of HIPER – the HIPER Plus project (March 2022)
    Proposal for a new ‘direct-drive’ laser-fusion programme in the EU

    The aim of this consortium under creation is to prompt the European laser-fusion community to rejuvenate the enthusiasm that spawned the pioneering ‘HIPER‘ project, and to work together to set the building blocks of a new related EU project.

    Our initiative is timely also because of the very encouraging results obtained at the NIF facility in the US, where a recent laser fusion experiment nearly reached the ignition threshold (read the news here

    Letter of HIPER Plus promotion: HiPER-Plus Community Letter 29 March 2022
    The continuation of HIPER-HIPER Plus proposal for a new ‘direct-drive’ laser-fusion program in the UE

    Letter of HiPER Plus sustainability: “An evaluation of sustainability and societal impact of laser direct-drive fusion technologies: a case for a new research infrastructure”, S. Atzeni et al., High Power Laser Sci. Eng. 9, e52 (2021).

    The initiative has recently been approved and is fully supported by the Beam Plasmas and Inertial Fusion Board of EPS

    If you are willing to join the action and be part of the collaboration agreement under development, please connect to the following link and sign the agreement

    The expression of interest. can be signed by individual researchers or by group leaders, laboratories/organizations legal representatives in the case where the research group, the laboratory or the organization is the participant.