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J. Phys. IV France 133 (2006) 881-885
Cryogenic target development for fast ignition with Z-pinch-driven fuel assemblyD.L. Hanson1, R.A. Vesey1, S.A. Slutz1, M.E. Cuneo1, J.L. Porter1, D.B. Sinars1, D.G. Schroen2, C.O. Russell2, D.A. Steinman3, A. Nikroo3, J.L. Kaae3 and E.M. Giraldez3
1 Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185-1193, USA
2 Schafer Corp., Livermore, California 94551, USA
3 General Atomics, San Diego, California 92186, USA
We are developing an alternative approach to indirect-drive fast ignition fusion targets in which a liquid cryogenic fuel layer is condensed in situ from a low pressure external gas supply and confined between a thick outer ablator shell and a thin inner shell. The shape and surface quality of the liquid fuel layer is determined entirely by the characteristics of the bounding shells. Liquid fuel targets of this type have a number of potential advantages including greatly reduced temperature control requirements and drastically reduced cost and complexity of the cryogenic support system compared to -layed DT targets. This liquid fuel concept is particularly appropriate for a hemispherical capsule configuration with single-sided x-ray drive by a z-pinch source. Technology issues for concentric-shell liquid cryogenic target development and progress in thin inner hemispherical shell fabrication are discussed.
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