Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



Drew Higginson

Executive Summary

We are exploring the use of advanced kinetic simulation tools to understand the impact of microphysics in gas-filled laser target capsules used in pursuit of inertial confinement fusion. This research will improve the physics basis for predictive models and identify the most important steps for developing a higher fidelity kinetic target-capsule simulation capability.

Publications and Presentations

Higginson, D. P., et al. 2018. "Quasi-Neutral Particle-in-Cell Simulations for Inertial Confinement Fusion Experiments." Second Workshop on Kinetic Physics in Inertial Confinement Fusion. LLNL-ABS-748786.

Rinderknecht, H. G., et al. 2017. "The Kinetic Physics in ICF Workshop: Findings and Paths Forward." 47th Annual Anomalous Absorption Conference, Berkeley, CA, June 2017. LLNL-ABS-730754.

Rinderknecht, H. G., et al. 2018. "Highly Resolved Measurements of a Developing Strong Collisional Plasma Shock." Physical Review Letters 120: 095001. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.120.095001. LLNL-JRNL-755398.

——— . 2018. "Kinetic Physics in ICF: Present Understanding and Future Directions." Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion 60: 064001. LLNL-JRNL-755501.

——— . 2018. "Progress Toward Fully-Formed Collisionless Astrophysically Relevant Shock Experiments on OMEGA and the National Ignition Facility." 12th International Conference on High Energy Density Laboratory Astrophysics (HEDLA), Kurashiki, Okayama, Japan, June 2018. LLNL-ABS-748079.

Wilks, C. S., et al. 2018. "Proton Deflectometry as a Tool for Diagnosing Kinetic Effects in ICF." Second Workshop on Kinetic Physics in Inertial Confinement Fusion. LLNL-ABS-748679.