Magnetized liner inertial fusion (MagLIF) is a fusion concept that uses magnetized, preheated fuel to reduce the implosion velocities and convergence ratios required for ignition. A scaled, laser-driven experimental platform to study MagLIF has been demonstrated on the OMEGA laser system, providing comprehensive experimental data on MagLIF scaling, utilizing the higher shot rate on OMEGA compared to the Z machine. Using this platform, a broader experimental space for MagLIF has been studied. Presented in this article are experimental results that demonstrate that the combination of preheat and magnetization enhances the neutron yield by 470% compared to a reference implosion, significantly more than the yield enhancement by the field or preheat alone. These results are achieved while maintaining a relatively low convergence ratio (<20). The experiments were supported by one-, two-, and three-dimensional radiation-hydrodynamics simulations, all of which suggest that multiple sources of mix play different key roles depending on the scale of the MagLIF experiment.
Demonstration of neutron-yield enhancement by laser preheating and magnetization of laser-driven cylindrical implosions
J. L. Peebles, J. R. Davies, D. H. Barnak, V. Yu. Glebov, E. C. Hansen, P. V. Heuer, L. S. Leal, M. J. Bonino, D. R. Harding, A. B. Sefkow, K. J. Peterson, D. B. Sinars, E. M. Campbell, R. Betti; Demonstration of neutron-yield enhancement by laser preheating and magnetization of laser-driven cylindrical implosions. Phys. Plasmas 1 August 2023; 30 (8): 082703. https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0159653
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