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Diamond spheres for inertial confinement fusion

: Biener, J.; Ho, D.D.; Wild, C.; Wörner, E.; Biener, M.M.; El-Dasher, B.S.; Hicks, D.G.; Eggert, J.H.; Celliers, P.M.; Collins, G.W.; Teslich, N.E.; Kozioziemski, B.J.; Haan, S.W.; Hamza, A.V.


Nuclear fusion 49 (2009), No.11, Art. 112001, 5 pp.
ISSN: 0029-5515
ISSN: 1741-4326
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IAF ()

The National Ignition Facility (NIF) will allow scientists to prove the feasibility of inertial confinement fusion (ICF). The success of ICF experiments at NIF will critically depend on the availability of robust targets. Guided by computer simulations, we generated a new target design that takes advantage of the extreme atomic density of synthetic diamond, and developed a process that allows us to produce large quantities of these ultrahigh precision diamond targets via a low-cost batch process. Computer simulations were used to assess the performance and the robustness of these diamond targets. The results demonstrate that diamond has the potential to outperform other target materials in terms of energy efficiency and implosion stability, thus making successful ignition more likely.