The Theory of Homogeneous Isentropic Compression and its Application to Laser Fusion

  • Ray E. Kidder


The hydrodynamic theory and properties of spherical homogeneous isentropic compression are discussed. Computer results are described showing that a close approximation to compressions of this type may be accomplished by light-induced pellet ablation if the light absorbed by the pellet is properly programmed with time, and is spatially uniform over the pellet surface. Pellet compressions in excess of ten thousand-fold are computed.


Mach Number Internal Energy Isentropic Compression Pellet Surface Rapid Compression 


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© Plenum Press, New York 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ray E. Kidder
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  1. 1.Lawrence Livermore LaboratoryUniversity of CaliforniaLivermoreUSA

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