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31 August 2015 Vast Area Detection for Experimental Radiochemistry (VADER) at the National Ignition Facility
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At the National Ignition Facility (NIF), the flux of neutrons and charged particles at peak burn in an inertial confinement fusion capsule induces measureable concentrations of nuclear reaction products in the target material. Radiochemical analysis of post-shot debris can be used to determine diagnostic parameters associated with implosion of the capsule, including fuel areal density and ablator-fuel mixing. Additionally, analysis of debris from specially doped targets can support nuclear forensic research.

We have developed and are deploying the Vast Area Detection for Experimental Radiochemistry (VADER) diagnostic to collect shot debris and interact with post-shot reaction products at the NIF. VADER uses quick release collectors that are easily reconfigured for different materials and geometries. Collectors are located ~50 cm from the NIF target; each of up to 9 collectors views ~0.005-0.0125 steradians solid angle, dependent upon configuration.

Dynamic loading of the NIF target vaporized mass was modelled using LS-DYNA. 3-dimensional printing was utilized to expedite the design process. Model-based manufacturing was used throughout.

We will describe the design and operation of this diagnostic as well as some initial results.
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Justin Galbraith, Ron Bettencourt, Dawn Shaughnessy, Narek Gharibyan, Bahram Talison, Kevin Morris, and Cal Smith "Vast Area Detection for Experimental Radiochemistry (VADER) at the National Ignition Facility", Proc. SPIE 9591, Target Diagnostics Physics and Engineering for Inertial Confinement Fusion IV, 95910G (31 August 2015);

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