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Ignition thresholds for deuterium-tritium mixtures contaminated by high-Z material
Author(s): Angelo Caruso; Carmela Strangio
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Paper Abstract

In experiments for the so-called Cone Focused Fast Ignition the imploded material was found contaminated by the cone high-Z material. In this paper the thermonuclear ignition thresholds for a fuel contaminated at atomic level were evaluated as function of the contaminant fraction. A short pulse of protons was used to start the ignition of a cylindrical assembly of compressed fuel uniformly contaminated at atomic level by gold. As a reference, a study for the ignition of a clean target at different proton energies was first performed and, after this, the ignition conditions for contaminated targets were found for a selected proton energy. Protons with proper energy can be used to mock-up deposition by fast electrons so that part of the study can be considered useful to predict the performances also for this energy vector.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 December 2003
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5228, ECLIM 2002: 27th European Conference on Laser Interaction with Matter, (12 December 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.536745
Show Author Affiliations
Angelo Caruso, Associazione EURATOM-ENEA sulle Fusione (Italy)
Carmela Strangio, Associazione EURATOM-ENEA sulle Fusione (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5228:
ECLIM 2002: 27th European Conference on Laser Interaction with Matter
Oleg N. Krokhin; Sergey Yu. Gus'kov; Yury A. Merkul'ev, Editor(s)

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