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(IF/7) Studies in the Evolution of Hydrodynamic Instabilities and their Role in Inertial Confinement Fusion

D. Shvarts1), O. Sadot1)2), D. Oron1), R. Kishony1)4), Y. Srebro1)2), A. Rikanati1)2), D. Kartoon1)2), Y. Yedvab1)2), Y. Elbaz1)2), A. Yosef-Hai2), U. Alon3), L. A. Levin1), E. Sarid1), L. Arazi4) and G. Ben-Dor2)
1) Nuclear Research Center - Negev, Israel.
2) Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.
3) Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel.
4) Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel.

Abstract.  Hydrodynamic instabilities, such as the Rayleigh-Taylor and Richtmyer-Meshkov instabilities, have a central role when trying to achieve net thermonuclear fusion energy via the method of Inertial Confinement Fusion. We shall review recent theoretical, numerical and experimental work that describes the evolution of two- and three- dimensional perturbations. Finally, the effects of these perturbation on the ignition conditions, using new self-similar solutions for perturbed burn wave propagation will be discussed.

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