Shock Ignition in Indirect Drive: A New Approach to High Fusion Gains

Lindsay Perkins | 22-DR-010

Executive Summary

We will investigate a new indirect-drive shock-induced approach to ignition and fusion burn on the National Ignition Facility that has the potential to produce high fusion energy gains. This provides an additional route to ignition that would enable the rich physics of burning plasmas to be realized at the high fusion yield needed for laboratory missions including inertial fusion energy.

Publications, Presentations, and Patents

Perkins, L. John, J-M. G. Di Nicola, D. D. Ho, M. A. Erikson, M. L. Spaeth, K. R. Manes, D. J. Strozzi, G. J. Williams, N. R. Candeias-Lemos, J. D. T. Ludwig, M. B. Schneider. 2022. “Shock Ignition in Indirect Drive”, LLNL-ABS-836240, Bulletin of the APS Division of Plasma Physics, 64th Annual Meeting, Spokane WA, October 19, 2022.

Perkins, L. John, D. D. Ho, Erickson, M.J. Millot, N. Candeias-Lemos, M. B. Schneider, M. L. Spaeth, A. Oudin, D. T. Blackfield, K. R. Manes, J-M DiNicola, J. D. T. Ludwig. 2023. LLNL-ABS-847990, “Investigation of Shock Ignition in Indirect Drive”, 12th International Conference on International Fusion Science and Applications, Denver CO, September 29, 2023.