Compression of polymer-coated laser-fusion targets to ten times liquid DT density

J. M. Auerbach, W. C. Mead, E. M. Campbell, Dennis L Matthews, D. S. Bailey, C. W. Hatcher, L. N. Koppel, S. M. Lane, P. H Y Lee, K. R. Manes, G. McClellan, D. W. Phillion, R. H. Price, V. C. Rupert, V. W. Slivinsky, C. D. Swift

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Polymer-coated glass microspheres filled with DT fuel and argon seed gas were irradiated with the SHIVA 1.06-m laser using 4-kJ, 200-ps (full width at half maximum), Gaussian pulses. Measured light absorption, x-ray spectrum, neutron yields, and x-ray continuum images compared favorably with detailed computer simulations. Pusher neutron activation and argon line imaging diagnostics were utilized to measure fuel density. Fuel densities of 1-3 g/cm3 or 5-15 times liquid DT density were inferred.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1672-1675
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number25
StatePublished - 1980
Externally publishedYes

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