We present results from numerical simulations conducted to investigate a potential method for realizing the required fusion fuel heating in the fast ignition scheme to achieving inertial confinement fusion. A comparison will be made between collisionless and collisional particle-in-cell simulations of the relaxation of a non-thermal electron beam through the two-stream instability. The results presented demonstrate energy transfer to the plasma ion population from the laser-driven electron beam via the nonlinear wave–wave interaction associated with the two-stream instability. Evidence will also be provided for the effects of preferential damping of competing instabilities such as the Weibel mode found to be detrimental to the ion heating process.
- fusion fuel
- particle in cell collisions
- plasma ions
- ion heating
Humphrey, K. A., Trines, R. M. G. M., Speirs, D. C., Norreys, P., & Bingham, R. (2013). The role of collisions on mode competition between the two-stream and Weibel instabilities. Journal of Plasma Physics, 79(06), 987- 989. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022377813001177