Metal Ejecta: Transport, Interaction, and Recollection

Alison Saunders | 18-ERD-060

Executive Summary

We are developing a laser-driven experimental platform to reliably and repeatably generate ejecta, which are discreet, high-velocity, solid-density bits of material. The interaction of ejecta with solid barriers and with other particles is a long-standing computational and experimental challenge relevant to hypervelocity impacts of space dust with satellites and to our understanding of the function of nuclear weapons components.

Publications, Presentations, and Patents

Haxhimali, T., et al. 2020. "Particle based studies in support of high-power laser experiments to study metal ejecta interactions." APS March Meeting 2020 (cancelled). LLNL-ABS-795429

Mackay, K. K. 2020a. "Hydrodynamic Computations of High-Power Laser Drives Generating Metal Ejecta Jets from Surface Grooves." Journal of Applied Physics 128, 215904. LLNL-JRNL-813296

——— 2020b. "Hydrodynamics Computations of Solid and Liquid Metal Microjets in Support of High-Power Laser Experiments." 17th International Workshop on the Physics of Compressible Turbulent Mixing, Atlanta, GA, July 2020. LLNL-ABS-800105

Najjar, F., et al. 2020. "Experimental And Computational Studies Of Laser-Driven Shocks through Metal Surface Perturbations and Planar Grooves." TMS 2020: 149th Annual Meeting & Exhibition, San Diego, CA, February 2020. LLNL-ABS-780377