A series of 2D in-plane plane wave particle-in-cell simulations find distinctive paths of laser-plasma instability evolution in OMEGA-scale implosions, depending on the initial electron temperature. At low temperatures, two-plasmon decay (TPD) dominates in both initial growth and the steady state. At high temperatures, the initial dominant modes switch to stimulated Raman scattering, but TPD still dominates a steady state characterized by cavitation and Langmuir turbulence. A hot electron scaling is also obtained from the simulations that, when combined with laser/plasma conditions from hydro simulations, can predict hot electron generation in implosions that do not employ smoothing-by-spectral-dispersion (SSD). It also shows that under the same laser/plasma conditions, SSD can reduce hot electron generation.

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