45th Annual Meeting of the Division of Plasma Physics
The emerging field of high energy density physics has been described by a recent National Academy of Science report as the "X-games" of contemporary science. The term high energy density is used to describe matter with pressures more than 1 million times the pressure on the surface of the earth. While high energy density matter is extreme by terrestrial standards, it can be found throughout the universe in a number of astrophysical settings and can be made for short times and within small volumes in the laboratory. In an invited talk on Monday morning Mark Herrmann of DOE’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will describe recent expaeriments that provide a new entry for the "X-games": the laser driven dynamic hohlraum.
The new entry, called a laser driven dynamic hohlraum, consists of a spherical, laser-driven implosion of a plastic shell filled with xenon. As this thin shell implodes it sweeps up the xenon and causes it to radiate x-rays. When enough radiating xenon has been swept up, the xenon begins to trap x-ray radiation on the inside, creating a time-evolving cavity of intense x-rays -- a dynamic hohlraum. With this technique, it may be possible to achieve very high energy densities on experiments at the National Ignition Facility, which began initial physics operations this year.
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