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High-Energy-Density Physics at the National Ignition Facility

At modern laser facilities, energy densities ranging from 1 Mbar to many hundreds of gigabars can regularly be achieved. These high-energy states of matter last for mere moments, measured in nanoseconds to tens of picoseconds, but during those times numerous high-precision instruments can be employed, revealing remarkable compressed matter physics, radiation–hydrodynamics physics, laser–matter interaction physics, and nuclear physics processes. We review the current progress of high-energy-density physics at the National Ignition Facility and describe the underlying physical principles.

Authors:   O.A. Hurricane; M.C. Herrmann
Journal:   Annual Review of Nuclear and Particle Science
Volume:   67
edition:   1
Year:   2017
Pages:   213
DOI:   10.1146/annurev-nucl-101916-123227
Publication date:   19-Oct-2017
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