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Title: Annual Report: Hydrodynamics and Radiative Hydrodynamics with Astrophysical Applications

Abstract

We report the ongoing work of our group in hydrodynamics and radiative hydrodynamics with astrophysical applications. During the period of the existing grant, we have carried out two types of experiments at the Omega laser. One set of experiments has studied radiatively collapsing shocks, obtaining high-quality scaling data using a backlit pinhole and obtaining the first (ever, anywhere) Thomson-scattering data from a radiative shock. Other experiments have studied the deeply nonlinear development of the Rayleigh-Taylor (RT) instability from complex initial conditions, obtaining the first (ever, anywhere) dual-axis radiographic data using backlit pinholes and ungated detectors. All these experiments have applications to astrophysics, discussed in the corresponding papers either in print or in preparation. We also have obtained preliminary radiographs of experimental targets using our x-ray source. The targets for the experiments have been assembled at Michigan, where we also prepare many of the simple components. The above activities, in addition to a variety of data analysis and design projects, provide good experience for graduate and undergraduates students. In the process of doing this research we have built a research group that uses such work to train junior scientists.

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Research Org.:
University of Michigan
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE - Office of Defense Programs (DP)
OSTI Identifier:
861438
DOE Contract Number:
FG52-03NA00064
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; 99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS//MATHEMATICS, COMPUTING, AND INFORMATION SCIENCE; ASTROPHYSICS; DATA ANALYSIS; DESIGN; HYDRODYNAMICS; IMAGES; INSTABILITY; TARGETS; THOMSON SCATTERING; X-RAY SOURCES; Hydrodynamics, Radiative Hydrodynamics, Rayleigh-Taylor instability, radiative shocks

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R. Paul Drake. Annual Report: Hydrodynamics and Radiative Hydrodynamics with Astrophysical Applications. United States: N. p., 2005. Web. doi:10.2172/861438.
R. Paul Drake. Annual Report: Hydrodynamics and Radiative Hydrodynamics with Astrophysical Applications. United States. doi:10.2172/861438.
R. Paul Drake. Thu . "Annual Report: Hydrodynamics and Radiative Hydrodynamics with Astrophysical Applications". United States. doi:10.2172/861438. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/861438.
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