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Collisionless shock acceleration in the corona of an inertial confinement fusion pellet with possible application to ion fast ignition

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  • Elisabetta Boella
  • R. Bingham
  • R. A. Cairns
  • P. A. Norreys
  • R. M. G. M. Trines
  • R. Scott
  • M. Vranic
  • N. Shukla
  • Luís Silva Miguel
Article number20200039
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>25/12/2021
<mark>Journal</mark>Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical & Engineering Sciences
Issue number2189
Number of pages11
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date7/12/20
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Two-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations are used to explore collisionless shock acceleration in the corona plasma surrounding the compressed core of an inertial confinement fusion pellet. We show that an intense laser pulse interacting with the long scale-length plasma corona is able to launch a collisionless shock around the critical density. The nonlinear wave travels up-ramp through the plasma reflecting and accelerating the background ions. Our results suggest that protons with characteristics suitable for ion fast ignition may be achieved in this way.