Ignition thresholds for deuterium-tritium mixtures contaminated by high-Z material in cone-focused fast ignition

A. Caruso, C. Strangio

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Evaluations of the energy for thermonuclear ignition of a compressed deuterium-tritium mixture contaminated by a high-Z material are presented. Mixing at the atomic level is considered and the results are given as a function of the contaminant fraction. The reference situation is that of cone-focused fast ignition (CFFI). The numerical 2D simulations for this study were performed by a Lagrangian 2D hydrocode that includes real matter EoS, real matter opacity coefficients, and packages for finite-range energy deposition by reaction products and the relative in-flight reactions. A simple estimate is presented for the effects of high-Z material blobs on the ignition energy (macroscopic mixing). Possible sources for fuel contamination in CFFI are discussed. © 2003 MAIK "Nauka/Interperiodica".
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)948 - 957
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Experimental and Theoretical Physics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2003
Externally publishedYes


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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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