3 years ago

Enhancement of Pressure Perturbations in Ablation due to Kinetic Magnetised Transport Effects under Direct-Drive ICF relevant conditions.

R.J. Kingham, D.W. Hill

We present for the first time kinetic 2D Vlasov-Fokker-Planck simulations, including both self-consistent magnetic fields and ablating ion outflow, of a planar ablating CH-foil subject to nonuniform irradiation. Even for small hall parameters ($\omega \tau_{ei} \lesssim 0.05$) self-generated magnetic fields are sufficient to invert and enhance pressure perturbations. The mode inversion is caused by a combination of the Nernst advection of the magnetic field and the Righi-Leduc heat-flux. Non-local effects modify these processes. The mechanism is robust under plasma conditions tested; it is amplitude independent and occurs for a broad spectrum of perturbation wavelengths, $\lambda_p = 10-100\,\mu$m. The ablating plasma response to a dynamically evolving speckle pattern perturbation, analogous to an optically smoothed beam, is also simulated. Similar to the single mode case, self-generated magnetic fields increase the degree of nonuniformity at the ablation surface by up to an order of magnitude and are found to preferentially enhance lower modes due to the resistive damping of high mode number magnetic fields.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1712.02663

DOI: arXiv:1712.02663v2

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