We are conducting basic science experiments using a newly developed approach to x-ray spectroscopy to elucidate the nature (temperature, density, constituency, etc.) of stagnating plasma found in inertial-confinement fusion implosions. This research will impact future inertial-confinement fusion designs and data interpretation, as well as nuclear stockpile stewardship and weapons science.
Thorn, D. B., et al. 2018. "X-Ray Spectrometer Throughput Model for Flat Bragg Crystal Spectrometers on Laser Plasma Facilities." Review of Scientific Instruments 89: 10F119. doi: 10.1063/1.4890253. LLNL-CONF-751004.