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(OV/3-3) Recent Advances in Ignition Target Physics at CEA

J. Tassart1)
1) CEA, Bruyères le Chatel, France

Abstract.  The objective of the Ignition Physics Program at CEA is to burn DT capsules on the Laser MegaJoule (LMJ) at the beginning of the next decade. The chosen point design has been made energetically conservative to provide margin for uncertainties. Recent progress on Laser Plasma Interaction, hohlraum energetics, symmetry, ablator physics and hydrodynamic instabilities allow to remove most of these latter, to precise laser and target specifications and to elaborate a strategy toward ignition. These studies include theoretical work, numerical simulations, diagnostics developments and experiments partly done in collaboration with the US DOE.

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