The role of experimental science in ICF – examples from X-ray diagnostics and targets
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Published online: 13 July 2007
The USA Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) Program evolved from the Nuclear Test Program which had restricted shot opportunities for experimentalists to develop sophisticated experimental techniques. In contrast the ICF program in the US was able to increase the shot availability on its large facilities, and develop sophisticated targets and diagnostics to measure and understand the properties of the high energy density plasmas (HEDP) formed. Illustrative aspects of this evolution at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), with examples of the development of diagnostics and target fabrication are described.
PACS: 52.57.-z – Laser inertial confinement / 52.25.Os – Emission, absorption, and scattering of electromagnetic radiation / 52.57.Fg – Implosion symmetry and hydrodynamic instability (Rayleigh-Taylor, Richtmyer-Meshkov, imprint, etc.) / 52.38.Ph – X-ray, gamma-ray, and particle generation / 52.38.-r – Laser-plasma interactions
© EDP Sciences, Società Italiana di Fisica, Springer-Verlag, 2007