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Title: Probing matter at extreme Gbar pressures at the NIF

Here we describe a platform to measure the material properties, specifically the equation of state and electron temperature, at pressures of 100 Mbar to a Gbar at the National Ignition Facility (NIF). In our experiments we launch spherically convergent shock waves into solid CH, CD, or diamond samples using a hohlraum radiation drive, in an indirect drive laser geometry. X-ray radiography is applied to measure the shock speed and infer the mass density profile, enabling determination of the material pressure and Hugoniot equation of state. X-ray scattering is applied to measure the electron temperature through probing of the electron velocity distribution via Doppler broadening.
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  1. Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
  2. SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
  3. Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE), Berkshire (United Kingdom)
  4. Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)
  5. EMMI, Darmstadt (Germany)
Publication Date:
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Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 1574-1818
Grant/Contract Number:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
High Energy Density Physics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 10; Journal ID: ISSN 1574-1818
Research Org:
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
Country of Publication:
United States
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; 42 ENGINEERING x-ray scattering; x-ray radiography; Gbar; Thomson scattering; Compton scattering; shock compression