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J. Phys. IV France 133 (2006) 857-862
Ignition target fabrication and fielding for the national ignition facilityT.P. Bernat1, H. Huang1, J.D. Kilkenny1, A. Nikroo1, R.B. Stephens1, H.L. Wilkens1, H. Xu1, P. Armstrong2, R. Cook2, B. Kozioziemski2, S. Letts2, E. Mapoles2, J. Moody2, M. McElfresh2, J. Sanchez2, R. Seugling2, J. Cooley3, D. Montgomery3 and A. Nobile3
1 General Atomics, PO Box 85608, San Diego, California 92186-5608, USA
2 Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, PO Box 808, Livermore, California 94551, USA
3 Los Alamos National Laboratory, PO Box 1663, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545, USA
Continued advances in the design of ignition targets have stimulating new development paths for target fabrication, with potentially important simplifications for fielding cryogenic ignition targets for the National Ignition Facility. Including graded dopants in ablators as well as optimizing capsule and fuel layer dimensions increase implosion stability. This has led to developments of micron-scale fill tubes to fill and field the targets. Rapid progress has been made in development of the graded dopant layers in capsules as well as their characterization, in fabrication methods for micro-fill-tubes, and in fuel fill control with these fill tubes. Phase-contrast x-ray radiography has allowed characterization of fuel layers in beryllium targets. This target development program includes participation from General Atomics, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Los Alamos National Laboratory.
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