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Title: Theoretical study of symmetry of flux onto a capsule

An analytic model to describe the flux asymmetry onto a capsule based on the viewfactor approximation is developed and verified with numerical simulations. By using a nested spheres technique to represent the various sources of flux asymmetry, the model can treat spherically and cylindrically symmetric hohlraums, e.g., cylinder, elliptic, and rugby. This approach includes the more realistic case of frequency-dependent flux asymmetry compared with the more standard frequency-integrated or single-frequency approaches [D. W. Phillion and S. M. Pollaine, Phys. Plasmas 1, 2963 (1994)]. Correspondingly, the approach can be used to assess x-ray preheat asymmetry generated from localized laser absorption in the high-Z hohlraum wall. For spherical hohlraums with 4, 6, or 8 laser entrance holes (LEHs), an optimal configuration of LEHs, laser spot placement, and angle-of-incidence of the single-ringed laser beams is defined. An analogy between minimizing the flux asymmetry onto a capsule and the Thomson problem of point charge placement on a sphere for minimized energy is shown.
Authors:
; ;  [1] ;  [2]
  1. Institute of Applied Physics and Computational Mathematics, Beijing 100094 (China)
  2. Shanghai Institute of Laser Plasma, China Academy of Engineering Physics, Shanghai 201800 (China)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22493742
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physics of Plasmas; Journal Volume: 22; Journal Issue: 9; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; 70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; ASYMMETRY; CAPSULES; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; CYLINDRICAL CONFIGURATION; FREQUENCY DEPENDENCE; INCIDENCE ANGLE; LASER CAVITIES; PHOTON BEAMS; POINT CHARGE; RING LASERS; SPHERES; SPHERICAL CONFIGURATION; SYMMETRY; X RADIATION