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Title: Variable convergence liquid layer implosions on the National Ignition Facility

Liquid layer implosions using the “wetted foam” technique, where the liquid fuel is wicked into a supporting foam, have been recently conducted on the National Ignition Facility for the first time [Olson et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 117, 245001 (2016)]. In this paper, we report on a series of wetted foam implosions where the convergence ratio was varied between 12 and 20. Reduced nuclear performance is observed as convergence ratio increases. 2-D radiation-hydrodynamics simulations accurately capture the performance at convergence ratios (CR) ~ 12, but we observe a significant discrepancy at CR ~ 20. Finally, this may be due to suppressed hot-spot formation or an anomalous energy loss mechanism.
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  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
  2. Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
  3. General Atomics, San Diego, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-17-29966
Journal ID: ISSN 1070-664X
Grant/Contract Number:
AC52-06NA25396; AC52-07NA27344; NA0001808
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physics of Plasmas
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 25; Journal Issue: 5; 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 National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Office of Defense Programs (DP) (NA-10)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; plasma confinement; spectra; hydrodynamics; Doppler effect; x-rays; natural gas; tectonophysics; thermal conductivity
OSTI Identifier:
1435526
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1426844