Ignition studies in support of the European High Power Laser Energy Research Facility project

Pasley, J.
November 2010
Pramana: Journal of Physics;Nov2010, Vol. 75 Issue 5, p759
Academic Journal
The European High Power Laser Energy Research Facility (HiPER) project is one of a number of large-scale scientific infrastructure projects supported by the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). Part of this project involves the development of a target area for the exploration of inertial fusion energy. This paper describes some of the research that is being carried out by the author in support of this aspect of the program. The effects of different regions of the fusion target mixing prior to thermonuclear ignition have been investigated using the 1D Lagrangian radiation hydrodynamics simulation code HYADES. Results suggest that even low (few parts per million) levels of contamination of fuel by high- Z ion species may inhibit ignition due to radiative cooling of the ignition spot.


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