Fast ignitor concept with light ions

V. Yu Bychenkov, W. Rozmus, A. Maksimchuk, D. Umstadter, C. E. Capjack

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A short-laser-pulse driven ion flux is examined as a fast ignitor candidate for inertial confinement fusion. Ion ranges in a hot precompressed fuel are studied. The ion energy and the corresponding intensity of a short laser pulse are estimated for the optimum ion range and ion energy density flux. It is shown that a light-ion beam triggered by a few-hundreds-kJ laser at intensities of ≳ 1021 Wcm2 is relevant to the fast ignitor scenario.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1017-1020
Number of pages4
JournalPlasma Physics Reports
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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    Bychenkov, V. Y., Rozmus, W., Maksimchuk, A., Umstadter, D., & Capjack, C. E. (2001). Fast ignitor concept with light ions. Plasma Physics Reports, 27(12), 1017-1020.