Next-Generation Short-Pulse Laser-Driven Neutron Sources for Multimodal Radiography

Gerald Williams | 22-ERD-022

Executive Summary

We will explore scaling of short-pulse laser-driven neutron sources and develop the experimental and modeling infrastructure to deliver a unique neutron and x-ray radiography capability enabled by next-generation, high-repetition and high-energy laser systems. This novel multi-mode capability will address the static and dynamic radiographic needs of national security missions.

Publications, Presentations, and Patents

Williams, G.J., M. Aufderheide, K. M. Champley, B. Z. Djordjevíc, T. Ma, C. Ryan, R. A. Simpson, and S. C. Wilks. 2022. "Dual-Energy Fast Neutron Imaging Using Tunable Short-Pulse Laser-Driven Sources." Review of Scientific Instruments, 93(9):093514, 2022.

Williams, G.J. et al. “Development of a Short Pulse Neutron Source Using NIF-ARC.” Poster Presentation. LaserNetUS User Meeting, Ft. Collins, CO. Aug 16-18, 2022.

Djordjevíc, B.Z. et al. “Transfer Learning for Multi-Fidelity Modeling of Laser-driven Particle Acceleration." Poster Presentation. LaserNetUS User Meeting. Ft. Collins, CO. Aug 16-18, 2022.