Use of external magnetic fields in hohlraum plasmas to improve laser-coupling

D. S. Montgomery, B. J. Albright, D. H. Barnak, P. Y. Chang, J. R. Davies, G. Fiksel, D. H. Froula, J. L. Kline, M. J. Macdonald, A. B. Sefkow, L. Yin, R. Betti

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Efficient coupling of laser energy into hohlraum targets is important for indirect drive ignition. Laser-plasma instabilities can reduce coupling, reduce symmetry, and cause preheat. We consider the effects of an external magnetic field on laser-energy coupling in hohlraum targets. Experiments were performed at the Omega Laser Facility using low-Z gas-filled hohlraum targets which were placed in a magnetic coil with Bz≤7.5-T. We found that an external field Bz=7.5-T aligned along the hohlraum axis results in up to a 50% increase in plasma temperature as measured by Thomson scattering. The experiments were modeled using the 2-D magnetohydrodynamics package in HYDRA and were found to be in good agreement.

Original languageEnglish
Article number010703
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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