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J. Phys. IV France 133 (2006) 437-439
Fast ignition of precompressed fusion target by laser-driven plasma block: A concept and preliminary studiesJ. Badziak1, S. Glowacz1, H. Hora2, S. Jablonski1 and J. Wolowski1
1 Institute of Plasma Physics and Laser Microfusion, Warsaw, Poland
2 Department of Theoretical Physics, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
The possibility of fast ignition of a fusion target by a high-density plasma (proton) block driven by the laser-induced skin-layer ponderomotive acceleration (S-LPA) mechanism is considered. The estimates show that using such a plasma block, the ignition threshold for precompressed DT fuel can be reached at the short-pulse laser energy kJ.
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