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Title: Single-mode perturbation growth in an idealized spherical implosion

Abstract

This paper considers a dense imploding spherical shell, where perturbations on the inner surface grow due to hydrodynamic instabilities, geometric convergence and compression. A low-convergence implosion with a single spherical harmonic mode perturbation with mode numbers in the range from $$\ell$$ = 5 to $$\ell$$ = 100 and at three different amplitudes is considered. The linear theory of Epstein [1] is extended to incorporate reshock, making it applicable to the full implosion process (while perturbations are linear). Linear theory is employed to choose modes such that quantified geometric convergence and compression effects contribute significantly to perturbation growth at the lower mode number, while at the higher mode number the contribution from Rayleigh–Taylor instability dominates. Simulation results from four independent simulation codes (FLASH, HYDRA, Miranda and Flamenco) are presented. The simulation predictions are validated against linear theory pre-reshock and employed to validate the extended theory across the reshock. The simulations continue to substantially non-linear perturbation amplitudes, beyond the limits of the analytical approach, and the presented perturbation amplitudes can inform future non-linear modeling. In this work, the simulated perturbation amplitudes agree to within approximately 10% for most cases, with isolated cases having differences of greater than 50% from the simulated ensemble-mean. This occurs in the case of a low mode number perturbation with a very small amplitude, where the growth of secondary small-scale instabilities leads to substantial differences between the codes after re-shock.

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1];  [2];  [2];  [3]; ORCiD logo [1]
  1. Univ. of Sydney, NSW (Australia)
  2. Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
  3. Univ. of Strathclyde, Glasgow (United Kingdom)
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Research Org.:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA); Australian Research Council (ARC)
OSTI Identifier:
1765284
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1564561
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC52-07NA27344
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Computational Physics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 371; Journal ID: ISSN 0021-9991
Publisher:
Elsevier
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; Code comparison; Fluid instabilities; Implosion

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Flaig, M., Clark, D., Weber, C., Youngs, D. L., and Thornber, B. Single-mode perturbation growth in an idealized spherical implosion. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1016/j.jcp.2018.06.014.
Flaig, M., Clark, D., Weber, C., Youngs, D. L., & Thornber, B. Single-mode perturbation growth in an idealized spherical implosion. United States. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcp.2018.06.014
Flaig, M., Clark, D., Weber, C., Youngs, D. L., and Thornber, B. Tue . "Single-mode perturbation growth in an idealized spherical implosion". United States. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcp.2018.06.014. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1765284.
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title = {Single-mode perturbation growth in an idealized spherical implosion},
author = {Flaig, M. and Clark, D. and Weber, C. and Youngs, D. L. and Thornber, B.},
abstractNote = {This paper considers a dense imploding spherical shell, where perturbations on the inner surface grow due to hydrodynamic instabilities, geometric convergence and compression. A low-convergence implosion with a single spherical harmonic mode perturbation with mode numbers in the range from $\ell$ = 5 to $\ell$ = 100 and at three different amplitudes is considered. The linear theory of Epstein [1] is extended to incorporate reshock, making it applicable to the full implosion process (while perturbations are linear). Linear theory is employed to choose modes such that quantified geometric convergence and compression effects contribute significantly to perturbation growth at the lower mode number, while at the higher mode number the contribution from Rayleigh–Taylor instability dominates. Simulation results from four independent simulation codes (FLASH, HYDRA, Miranda and Flamenco) are presented. The simulation predictions are validated against linear theory pre-reshock and employed to validate the extended theory across the reshock. The simulations continue to substantially non-linear perturbation amplitudes, beyond the limits of the analytical approach, and the presented perturbation amplitudes can inform future non-linear modeling. In this work, the simulated perturbation amplitudes agree to within approximately 10% for most cases, with isolated cases having differences of greater than 50% from the simulated ensemble-mean. This occurs in the case of a low mode number perturbation with a very small amplitude, where the growth of secondary small-scale instabilities leads to substantial differences between the codes after re-shock.},
doi = {10.1016/j.jcp.2018.06.014},
journal = {Journal of Computational Physics},
number = ,
volume = 371,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {6}
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