J.-C. Gauthier, et al.
J. Phys. IV France 133 (2006) 441-443
Reduced reshock growth in a convergent/divergent system: Effect of reshock strengthS.H. Batha1, J.R. Fincke1, J.M. Taccetti1, N.D. Delamater1, G.R. Magelssen1, N.E. Lanier1, R.M. Hueckstaedt1, K.W. Parker2, S.D. Rothman2 and C.J. Horsfield2
1 Los Alamos National Laboratory, University of California, Los Alamos, NM 87544, USA
2 Atomic Weapons Establishment, Aldermaston, UK
The Richtmyer-Meshkov instability creates or seeds hydrodynamic instabilities that will mix cold shell material into the hot DT fuel in an ignition capsule and may prevent ignition. Characteristic of this process is multiple shocks crossing converging interfaces. To mimic this situation, strong converging shocks were created, passed over an unstable interface, reflected by an inner cylinder, and then reshocked the interface. Analysis of the mix width at the unstable surface shows no additional growth, within experimental uncertainty, due to an initially perturbed surface and no dependence on reshock strength.
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