skip to main content

Title: High-foot Implosion Workshop (March 22-24, 2016) Report

From March 22-24, 2016 at Workshop was held at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory bringing together international experts in inertial confinement fusion research for the purpose of discussing the results from the ‘high-foot implosion campaign.’ The Workshop topics covered a retrospective of the first two years of experiments, a discussion of our best present understanding of what the data and our models imply, a discussion about remaining mysteries that are not understood at this time, and a discussion of our strategy moving forward. The material herein contains information from published and unpublished sources and is distributed solely for the purposes of this Workshop. Key assessments and conclusions resulting from the Workshop are: “The high foot campaign is extremely well documented and the interested reader is urged to go directly to the peer-reviewed journal literature for details.” – D. Haynes (LANL) “Overall progress in understanding of fuel and hot-spot properties near peak burn is excellent.” – V. Goncharov (LLE) “I would say that given the constraints of using the same hohlraum and similar capsule designs to the National Ignition Campaign, the High Foot Campaign achieved as much as could be expected. Indeed the demonstration of significant alpha particle heating remains a landmarkmore » achievement.” – J. Chittenden (Imperial College) “One of the principal points of discussion at the meeting was the importance of the roll over in inferred pressure that occurs with reducing coast time for different ablator thicknesses and the idea of repeating shot N140819 to confirm this. I would be very interested to see a return to the High Foot platform as a way to exercise the improved radiographic capabilities such as the curved crystal imaging system and as a way to examine the hypothesis of ‘burn truncation by aneurism.’ ” – J. Chittenden (Imperial College) “It is clear from the quality of the data presented during this workshop that the High-Foot experimental series has been a success. It has fulfilled the original goal of being an implosion platform that could separate the low-mode effects from the high-mode effects. Just because we now know when the High-Foot implosions break, it does not mean that they have served their purpose. This will be a very useful platform to study hohlraum coupling, to determine if controlling shape reduces residual kinetic energy, and testing hypotheses of how the hot-spot assembles.” – J. Knauer (LLE) “The LLNL "base camp" strategy for hohlraums was finally presented. Goals are to understand the safe operating space for the hohlraum and to find designs with good enough symmetry inside NIF's envelope, varying the CCR, pulse length and capsule designs. LLNL has a draft set of drive asymmetry requirements.” – P. Gauthier (CEA)« less
  1. Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
Report Number(s):
DOE Contract Number:
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
Country of Publication:
United States