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LMJ Targets for Nuclear Fusion: Recent Experimental and Theoretical Advances on Redistribution Process, Control of Target Temperature, and Effect of D-T Aging

F. Lallet, C. Gauvin, M. Martin, G. Moll

Fusion Science and Technology / Volume 59 / Number 1 / January 2011 / Pages 171-181

Technical Paper / Nineteenth Target Fabrication Meeting /

In this paper we present and discuss recent experimental and theoretical advances concerning the redistribution process, the control of target temperature, and the effect of deuterium-tritium (D-T) aging on the optimum laser shot temperature at the Laser Mégajoule (LMJ) facility.

We introduce two analytical models to provide a better understanding of thermal target behavior. On one hand the first model describes the evolution of the D-T layer temperature, which cannot be recorded experimentally. On the other hand the second model highlights the necessity for the optimum laser shot temperature (i.e., 1.5 K below the triple point) to be adapted to the aging of the target.

The analytical considerations are completed with experimental results obtained with D2 taken as a reference system to investigate the properties of D-T in LMJ targets.

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