Development of an experimental platform for the investigation of laser–plasma interaction in conditions relevant to shock ignition regime

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T. Tamagawa, Y. Hironaka, K. Kawasaki, D. Tanaka, T. Idesaka, N. Ozaki, R. Kodama, R. Takizawa, S. Fujioka, A. Yogo, D. Batani, Ph. Nicolai, G. Cristoforetti, P. Koester, L.A. Gizzi, and K. Shigemori

Rev. Sci. Instrum. 93, 063505 (2022)


The shock ignition (SI) approach to inertial confinement fusion is a promising scheme for achieving energy production by nuclear fusion. SI relies on using a high intensity laser pulse (≈1016 W/cm2, with a duration of several hundred ps) at the end of the fuel compression stage. However, during laser–plasma interaction (LPI), several parametric instabilities, such as stimulated Raman scattering and two plasmon decay, nonlinearly generate hot electrons (HEs). The whole behavior of HE under SI conditions, including their generation, transport, and final absorption, is still unclear and needs further experimental investigation. This paper focuses on the development of an experimental platform for SI-related experiments, which simultaneously makes use of multiple diagnostics to characterize LPI and HE generation, transport, and energy deposition. Such diagnostics include optical spectrometers, streaked optical shadowgraph, an x-ray pinhole camera, a twodimensional x-ray imager, a Cu Kα line spectrometer, two hot-electron spectrometers, a hard x-ray (bremsstrahlung) detector, and a streaked optical pyrometer. Diagnostics successfully operated simultaneously in single-shot mode, revealing the features of HEs under SI-relevant conditions.

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