Nuclear Diagnostics and the Search for Fusion

Stephanie Lyons, University of Notre Dame

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The search for fusion continues at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Nuclear physics is used to help understand the components of indirect-drive fusion and diagnose problems through various tools. The 12C(n,γ)13C signature gives LLNL scientists a view into the neutron output through a Cerenkov radiation detector, called the Gamma-Ray History (GRH) detector. A comprehensive simulation of the capsule and generation of the 4.45 MeV gammas to the signature from the GRH was performed in various steps. MCNP was used to create a simplistic model of the NIF capsule. The gammas created as neutrons traveled through the CH-ablator shell of the capsule were tracked and analyzed. The gamma output from these capsule cases was used as the source in a Geant4 simulation of the GRH detector and the data analyzed. Additionally, the GRH simulations allowed for a comparison of actual shot data to that of the best models, thereby progressing the NIF models to be more physically accurate.

Abstract Author(s): Stephanie Lyons, Charles Cerjan, Elliot Grafil, Daniel Sayre, Hans Herrmann