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FIREX project and effects of self-generated electric and magnetic fields on electron-driven fast ignition

Mima, Kunioki*; Sunahara, Atsushi*; Shiraga, Hiroyuki*; Nishimura, Hiroaki*; Azechi, Hiroshi*; Nakamura, Tatsufumi; Jozaki, Tomoyuki*; Nagatomo, Hideo*; Garcia, C.*; Veralde, P.*

Fast ignition is a new scheme in laser fusion, in which higher energy gain with a smaller laser pulse energy is expected. At Osaka University, a laser with four beams and a total output of 10 kJ ps-1, laser for fast ignition experiment (LFEX), has been constructed and we have carried out an integrated experiment with one beam of the LFEX. Through experiments it was found that the coupling efficiency is degraded when the laser pre-pulse is not sufficiently small. Furthermore, the distance between the hot electron source and the core plasma is large. In this paper it is proposed that a thin foil covers the laser entrance of the cone to mitigate the pre-plasma and a double cone reduces the loss of high energy electrons from the side wall of the cone. The simulations indicate that a higher coupling efficiency is expected for the double cone target with a thin foil at the laser entrance.

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