Key physics issues in target design for heavy-ion fusion

S. Atzeni

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Recent progress on a few key physics issues for the design of indirect-drive targets for heavy-ion fusion is reviewed. The critical dependence of the gain predictions on such issues as symmetry, stability, and radiation generation is illustrated by means of a model for the target gain. Design constraints set by the Rayleigh-Taylor instability are discussed. Then, beam-to-capsule energy coupling in hohlraums with a few converters is considered, with emphasis on radiation generation and symmetrization. Results are also given on an alternate, spherically symmetric indirect-drive target, with a diffuse converter; the conditions for effective radiation drive and hydrodynamic insulation are discussed. © 1993 Società Italiana di Fisica.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1489 - 1501
Number of pages13
JournalLa Rivista del Nuovo Cimento
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1993
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics

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