On the optimum laser power for maximum thermonuclear yield with deuterium-tritium pellets

S. Cuperman*, N. Metzler, E. A. Mishkin

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Abstract

Reports the results obtained in a parametric investigation of the thermonuclear yield of deuterium-tritium pellets as a function of the initial laser power. The hydrodynamic equations used to describe the pellet-laser interaction and subsequent evolution include the following physical processes: heat conduction with modifications due to the so-called free-streaming limit, energy exchange among the various particle species, ion viscosity, bremsstrahlung emission, classical absorption of laser power via inverse bremsstrahlung at densities below the critical density, rho c and phenomenological anomalous absorption at densities rho > rho c, and thermonuclear reactions. Spherical symmetry is assumed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number011
Pages (from-to)243-245
Number of pages3
JournalPlasma Physics
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1976

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