Diagnosing Inertial Confinement Fusion Implosions Using the D3He Spectrum Line Width at OMEGA and the NIF

Alex Zylstra, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Wedge Range Filter (WRF) spectrometers are used to diagnose implosions containing D and 3He gas through measurements of the proton spectrum [D+3He → p (14.7 MeV) + 4He (3.6 MeV)]. The total line width is due to the thermal Doppler broadening, instrumental broadening, and several other effects. The significances of these sources of broadening are calculated using a Monte Carlo code. Using this code we constrain the ion temperature in OMEGA exploding pusher shots. Alternatively, we constrain the amplitude of high-mode asymmetries in a NIF implosion from the previous campaign (N091123), and will apply these models to D3He exploding pushers on the NIF during the Magnetic Recoil Spectrometer (MRS) calibration.

Abstract Author(s): A. B. Zylstra, M. Rosenberg, N. Sinenian, C. Li, F. Seguin, J. Frenje, R. Petrasso (MIT) R. Rygg, D. Hicks, S. Friedrich, O. Landen, A. Mackinnon (LLNL) J. Kilkenny (GA) C. Sangster, V. Glebov, C. Stoeckl (LLE)