TITLE

Seeding magnetic fields for laser-driven flux compression in high-energy-density plasmas

AUTHOR(S)
Gotchev, O. V.; Knauer, J. P.; Chang, P. Y.; Jang, N. W.; Shoup, M. J.; Meyerhofer, D. D.; Betti, R.
PUB. DATE
April 2009
SOURCE
Review of Scientific Instruments;Apr2009, Vol. 80 Issue 4, p043504
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
A compact, self-contained magnetic-seed-field generator (5 to 16 T) is the enabling technology for a novel laser-driven flux-compression scheme in laser-driven targets. A magnetized target is directly irradiated by a kilojoule or megajoule laser to compress the preseeded magnetic field to thousands of teslas. A fast (300 ns), 80 kA current pulse delivered by a portable pulsed-power system is discharged into a low-mass coil that surrounds the laser target. A >15 T target field has been demonstrated using a <100 J capacitor bank, a laser-triggered switch, and a low-impedance (<1 Ω) strip line. The device has been integrated into a series of magnetic-flux-compression experiments on the 60 beam, 30 kJ OMEGA laser [T. R. Boehly et al., Opt. Commun. 133, 495 (1997)]. The initial application is a novel magneto-inertial fusion approach [O. V. Gotchev et al., J. Fusion Energy 27, 25 (2008)] to inertial confinement fusion (ICF), where the amplified magnetic field can inhibit thermal conduction losses from the hot spot of a compressed target. This can lead to the ignition of massive shells imploded with low velocity—a way of reaching higher gains than is possible with conventional ICF.
ACCESSION #
38611915

 

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