Symmetry of Laser-Driven Implosions

  • D. B. Henderson
  • R. L. Morse


A perturbation method is developed for nearly spherical heat and fluid flow. It shows that electron thermal conduction may be sufficiently symmetrizing to allow laser-driven fusion with a single beam.


Order Quantity Impulse Approximation Acoustic Response Electron Thermal Conduction Laser Fusion 
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    This method and preliminary results showing Taylor instabilities of time dependent zero order implosions were first presented to the laser fusion community at the January 4–5, 1973, AEC Laser Fusion Coordinating Committee at LLL, and appear in various internal LASL reports in November and December 1972.Google Scholar
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    The results given here were first presented at the Washington, D.C. APS Meeting, D. B. Henderson and R. L. Morse, Bull. Am. Phys. Soc. Ser. H. 18, 684 (1973).Google Scholar

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© Plenum Press, New York 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. B. Henderson
    • 1
  • R. L. Morse
    • 1
  1. 1.Los Alamos Scientific LaboratoryLos AlamosUSA

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