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Title: A broadband proton backlighting platform to probe shock propagation in low-density systems

A proton backlighting platform has been developed for the study of strong shock propagation in low-density systems in planar geometry. Electric fields at the converging shock front in inertial confinement fusion implosions have been previously observed, demonstrating the presence of—and the need to understand—strong electric fields not modeled in standard radiation-hydrodynamic simulations. In this planar configuration, long-pulse ultraviolet lasers are used to drive a strong shock into a gas-cell target, while a short-pulse proton backlighter side-on radiographs the shock propagation. Finally, the capabilities of the platform are presented here. Future experiments will vary shock strength and gas fill, to probe shock conditions at different Z and T e.
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  1. Massachusetts Inst. of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA (United States). Plasma Science and Fusion Center
  2. Univ. of California, San Diego, CA (United States). Center for Energy Research
  3. Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
NA0002949; AC52-07NA27344; FA9550-14-1-0346; FC52-08NA28752; NA0002726
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Review of Scientific Instruments
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 88; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 0034-6748
American Institute of Physics (AIP)
Research Org:
Massachusetts Inst. of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA (United States). Plasma Science and Fusion Center
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA); USDOE Office of Science (SC), Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) (SC-24)
Country of Publication:
United States
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; Protons; Radiography; Electric fields; Helium-4; Spatial resolution
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Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1348909