Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



Andrew Mackinnon

Executive Summary

We will study the potential of lasers to produce megaelectronvolt sources for taking radiographs of large dense objects, such as those produced during implosions driven by high explosives. Such a laser-driven facility could provide simultaneous neutron and x-ray radiography, opening up new diagnostic possibilities relevant to national stockpile stewardship efforts while reducing the number of stockpile stewardship experiments required.

Publications, Presentations, Etc.

Hohenberger, M., et al. 2019. "Developing Stagnating-Corona Fusion Targets as Neutron Sources." 61st Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics, Fort Lauderdale, FL, October 2019. LLNL-ABS-779522.

Kemp, A. 2019. "Direct Electron Acceleration in Multi-Kilojoule, Multi-Picosecond Laser Pulses." APS Division of Plasma Physics, Fort Lauderdale, FL, October 2019. LLNL-ABS-773702.

Kerr, S., et al. 2019. "Quantifying Focusing Cone Intensity Enhancement with the ARC High Intensity Campaign." NIF & JLF User Group Meeting 2019. LLNL-ABS-765839.

Wilks, S., et al. 2019. "Radiation Hydrodynamic Simulations of Laser Plasma Interactions Inside Parabolic Cone Targets." 61st Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics, Fort Lauderdale, FL, October 2019. LLNL-ABS-780104.