First Light Fusion is researching ICF with novel target designs utilising strong shocks driven by hyper-velocity projectiles using EM launcher systems. Designing and optimising proprietary target designs requires in-house modelling capability. Hytrac is an Eulerian AMR radiation hydrodynamics code based on the front tracking approach. It features the following capabilities:

• High-fidelity shock and interface tracking
• Multi-temperature description
• Thermal conduction via explicit STS method
• Emerging radiation transport capability
• Multi-material node propagation
• Parallelised for cluster computing using HPX

Developed from the ground up to deliver a robust multi-physics tool for ICF problems. An intensive period of experimental and cross code validation exercises has recently begun. Equation of state (EoS) and plasma microphysics (transport and radiative properties) are crucial ancillary capabilities.


D. A. Chapman, J. D. Pecover, N. Chaturvedi, T. Edwards, A. R. Fraser, N. A. Hawker, J. Herring, N.-P. L. Niasse, M. P. Read, D. H. Vassilev, A. Venskus and N. Joiner




60th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics