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Overview of recent progress in US fast ignition researchR.R. Freeman1, 2, K. Akli1, F. Beg3, R. Betti4, S. Chen3, D.J. Clark2, P.M. Gu1, G. Gregori5, S.P. Hatchett5, D. Hey1, K. Highbarger2, J.M. Hill2, N. Izumi5, M. Key5, J.A. King1, J.A. Koch5, B. Lasinki5, B. Langdon5, A.J. MacKinnon5, D. Meyerhofer6, N. Patel2, P. Patel5, J. Pasley3, H.S. Park5, C. Ren4, R.A. Snavely5, R.B. Stephens7, C. Stoeckl6, M. Tabak5, R. Town5, L. Van Woerkom2, R. Weber2, S.C. Wilks5 and B.B. Zhang1
1 The University of California-Davis, Davis CA, USA
2 The Ohio State University, Columbus OH, USA
3 The University of California-San Diego, San Diego, USA
4 The University of Rochester, Rochester, USA
5 The University of California-Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Livermore, USA
6 The University of Rochester-Laboratory for Laser Energetics, Rochester, USA
7 General Atomics Corporation, San Diego, USA
The Fast Ignition Program in the United States has enjoyed increased funding in various forms from the Office of Fusion Energy Sciences of the Department of Energy. The program encompasses experiments on large laser facilities at various world-wide locations, and benefits enormously from collaborations with many international scientists. The program includes exploratory work in cone-target design and implosion dynamics, high electron current transport measurements in normal density materials, development of diagnostics for heating measurements, generation of protons from shaped targets, theoretical work on high gain target designs, and extensive modeling development using PIC and hybrid codes.
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