Progress in direct-drive inertial confinement fusion

R. L. McCrory, D. D. Meyerhofer, R. Betti, T. R. Boehly, T. J.B. Collins, R. S. Craxton, J. A. Delettrez, D. H. Edgell, R. Epstein, D. H. Froula, V. Yu Glebov, V. N. Goncharov, D. R. Harding, S. X. Hu, I. V. Igumenshchev, J. P. Knauer, S. J. Loucks, J. A. Marozas, F. J. Marshall, P. W. McKentyT. Michel, P. M. Nilson, P. B. Radha, S. P. Regan, T. C. Sangster, W. Seka, W. T. Shmayda, R. W. Short, D. Shvarts, S. Skupsky, J. M. Soures, C. Stoeckl, W. Theobald, B. Yaakobi, J. A. Frenje, D. T. Casey, C. K. Li, R. D. Petrasso, F. H. Séguin, S. J. Padalino, K. A. Fletcher, P. M. Celliers, G. W. Collins, H. F. Robey

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Significant progress has been made in direct-drive inertial confinement fusion research at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics since the 2009 IFSA Conference [R.L. McCrory et al., J. Phys.: Conf. Ser. 244, 012004 (2010)]. Areal densities of 300mg/cm2 have been measured in cryogenic target implosions with neutron yields 15% of 1-D predictions. A model of crossed-beam energy transfer has been developed to explain the observed scattered-light spectrum and laser-target coupling. Experiments show that its impact can be mitigated by changing the ratio of the laser beam to target diameter. Progress continues in the development of the polar-drive concept that will allow direct-drive-ignition experiments to be conducted on the National Ignition Facility using the indirect-drive-beam layout.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIFSA 2011 - 7th International Conference on Inertial Fusion Sciences and Applications
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event7th International Conference on Inertial Fusion Sciences and Applications, IFSA 2011 - Bordeaux, France
Duration: 12 Sep 201116 Sep 2011

Publication series

NameEPJ Web of Conferences
ISSN (Print)2101-6275
ISSN (Electronic)2100-014X


Conference7th International Conference on Inertial Fusion Sciences and Applications, IFSA 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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