ZhETF, Vol. 124,
p. 1058 (November 2003)
(English translation - JETP,
Vol. 97, No. 5,
available online at www.springer.com
IGNITION THRESHOLDS FOR DEUTERIUM-TRITIUM MIXTURES CONTAMINATED BY HIGH-Z MATERIAL IN CONE-FOCUSED FAST IGNITION
Caruso A., Strangio C.
Received: June 6, 2003
PACS: 52.57.-z, 52.57.Kk, 52.57.Fg
Evaluations of the energy for thermonuclear ignition of a compressed deuterium-tritium mixture contaminated by a high-Z material are presented. Mixing at the atomic level is considered and the results are given as a function of the contaminant fraction. The reference situation is that of cone-focused fast ignition (CFFI). Numerical 2D simulations for this study were performed by a Lagrangian 2D hydrocode that includes real matter EoS, real matter opacity coefficients, and packages for finite-range energy deposition by reaction products and the relative in-flight reactions. A simple estimate is presented for the effects of high-Z material blobs on the ignition energy (macroscopic mixing). Possible sources for fuel contamination in CFFI are discussed.