7 June 2006 Ablation of nonlinear-force driven plasma blocks for fast igniter application
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Proceedings Volume 6261, High-Power Laser Ablation VI; 626129 (2006) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.671491
Event: High-Power Laser Ablation 2006, 2006, Taos, NM, United States
Interaction of TW-ps laser with plasma results in a skin layer mechanism for nonlinear (ponderomotive) force driven two dimensional plasma blocks (pistons) if a very high contrast ratio is provided for suppression of relativistic self-focusing. This Skin layer acceleration (SLA) [1] results in space charge neutral plasma blocks with ion current densities larger than 1010 Amp/cm2 [1-3]. Using Ions in the MeV range results in 1000 times higher proton or DT current densities [3] than the proton fast igniter [4] is using and may result in better conditions of this fast ignitor scheme. Using ballistic focusing of the generated plasma blocks and a short time thermal expansion of these blocks for increasing their thickness while keeping the high ion current densities, results in conditions favourable for this option of fast ignition of a fusion target. Some details of the interaction processes are still to be analysed but the solutions studies to date are most encouraging.
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G. H. Miley, J. Badziak, S. Glowacz, S. Jablonski, J. Wolowski, H. Hora, P. X. Hammerling, F. Osman, Y. Cang, X. He, H. Peng, J. Zhang, K. Jungwirth, K. Rohlena, and J. Ullschmied "Ablation of nonlinear-force driven plasma blocks for fast igniter application", Proc. SPIE 6261, High-Power Laser Ablation VI, 626129 (7 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.671491; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.671491


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