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Title: Semi-analytic model of plasma-jet-driven magneto-inertial fusion

A semi-analytic model for plasma-jet-driven magneto-inertial fusion is presented here. Compressions of a magnetized plasma target by a spherically imploding plasma liner are calculated in one dimension (1D), accounting for compressible hydrodynamics and ionization of the liner material, energy losses due to conduction and radiation, fusion burn and alpha deposition, separate ion and electron temperatures in the target, magnetic pressure, and fuel burn-up. Results show 1D gains of 3–30 at spherical convergence ratio <15 and 20–40 MJ of liner energy, for cases in which the liner thickness is 1 cm and the initial radius of a preheated magnetized target is 4 cm. Some exploration of parameter space and physics settings is presented. The yields observed suggest that there is a possibility of igniting additional dense fuel layers to reach high gain.
Authors:
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  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-16-28903
Journal ID: ISSN 1070-664X ; 1089-7674 (Electronic)
Grant/Contract Number:
AC52-06NA25396
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physics of Plasmas
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 24; Journal Issue: 3; Journal ID: ISSN 1070-664X
Publisher:
American Institute of Physics (AIP)
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; MIF; MTF; PJMIF; PLX; Fusion; Heat conduction; Hydrodynamics; Fusion plasma; Plasma jetsIonization
OSTI Identifier:
1364548
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1349375

Langendorf, Samuel J., and Hsu, Scott C.. Semi-analytic model of plasma-jet-driven magneto-inertial fusion. United States: N. p., Web. doi:10.1063/1.4977913.
Langendorf, Samuel J., & Hsu, Scott C.. Semi-analytic model of plasma-jet-driven magneto-inertial fusion. United States. doi:10.1063/1.4977913.
Langendorf, Samuel J., and Hsu, Scott C.. 2017. "Semi-analytic model of plasma-jet-driven magneto-inertial fusion". United States. doi:10.1063/1.4977913. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1364548.
@article{osti_1364548,
title = {Semi-analytic model of plasma-jet-driven magneto-inertial fusion},
author = {Langendorf, Samuel J. and Hsu, Scott C.},
abstractNote = {A semi-analytic model for plasma-jet-driven magneto-inertial fusion is presented here. Compressions of a magnetized plasma target by a spherically imploding plasma liner are calculated in one dimension (1D), accounting for compressible hydrodynamics and ionization of the liner material, energy losses due to conduction and radiation, fusion burn and alpha deposition, separate ion and electron temperatures in the target, magnetic pressure, and fuel burn-up. Results show 1D gains of 3–30 at spherical convergence ratio <15 and 20–40 MJ of liner energy, for cases in which the liner thickness is 1 cm and the initial radius of a preheated magnetized target is 4 cm. Some exploration of parameter space and physics settings is presented. The yields observed suggest that there is a possibility of igniting additional dense fuel layers to reach high gain.},
doi = {10.1063/1.4977913},
journal = {Physics of Plasmas},
number = 3,
volume = 24,
place = {United States},
year = {2017},
month = {3}
}