First Light Fusion is exploring a unique route toward controlled inertial confinement fusion, a core part of which is the use of a uniaxial, projectile-based driver. An important example of a fusion target aligned with this configuration is that considered by Derentowicz et al. [Derentowizc et al., J. Tech. Phys. 25, 135 (1977)]. The fuel energetics in this target are influenced by numerous transport processes: thermal conduction, material interface transport, temperature relaxation, radiation transport, self-generated fields, kinetic reactivity reduction, strong shear flows and viscous shock damping. Preliminary results show that heat flow between the fuel and anvil is the strongest handle on the predicted yield. This is exacerbated by the prediction of warm, dense states of matter, wherein thermophysical properties remain broadly uncertain. This submission will present sensitivity study results from integrated simulations focusing on the influence of salient transport phenomena. The impact of widely-used, simplistic models on the predicted yield is examined in contrast to more detailed approaches.


D. A. Chapman, J. D. Pecover, D. H. Vassilev, N.-P. L. Niasse, N. Joiner, N. A. Hawker and J. P. Chittenden




62nd Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics