Joint SNL–LLE Magnetized Linear Inertial Fusion Project
Magnetized liner inertial fusion (MagLIF) relies on cylindrical compression of magnetized, preheated fuel to achieve fusion conditions at lower implosion velocities and lower areal densities than conventional inertial confinement fusion. The original MagLIF concept was developed by scientists at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) and relies on pulsed power for compression and a laser for preheating. A purely laser-driven, smaller-scale version of MagLIF on OMEGA was proposed by researchers at LLE at the end of 2013 as a means to test the scaling of MagLIF and to carry out experiments at higher repetition rate and with better diagnostic access than possible on the Z machine at SNL, facilitating the study of the basic physics of MagLIF.
Shown here: (a) Existing setup for bringing Beam 25 through port P9, with the beam detuned to 2ω. (b) Proposed setup for bringing Beam 35 through port P9. The beam remains at 3ω.