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A series of direct drive implosions of D-T filled, glass microballoons has been initiated in an effort to produce intense neutron sources for diagnostics development. In particular, measurements such as neutron imaging, burn history using a neutron-sensitive streak camera, and fuel ρr by both neutron activation and neutron spectroscopy could be more easily tested with these simple targets than high-density targets that initially are not expected to produce such high yields. Targets with nominal dimensions of 1000×2 μm which contained D-T at 12–14 atm were imploded with 18 kJ of 0.35-μm light from the 10-beam Nova system. For pulse widths of 1 ns in either converging or diverging geometry, fusion yields in excess of 1013 have been obtained. The yields are comparable to those predicted from numerous 1-D model calculations in spite of the asymmetric illumination geometry of the driver. Work performed under the auspices of the U.S. DOE by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under contract number W-7405-ENG-48.
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