Bulk hydrodynamic stability and turbulent saturation in compressing hot spots

Seth Davidovits, Nathaniel J. Fisch

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For hot spots compressed at constant velocity, we give a hydrodynamic stability criterion that describes the expected energy behavior of non-radial hydrodynamic motion for different classes of trajectories (in ρR - T space). For a given compression velocity, this criterion depends on ρR, T, and dT/d(ρR) (the trajectory slope) and applies point-wise so that the expected behavior can be determined instantaneously along the trajectory. Among the classes of trajectories are those where the hydromotion is guaranteed to decrease and those where the hydromotion is bounded by a saturated value. We calculate this saturated value and find the compression velocities for which hydromotion may be a substantial fraction of hot-spot energy at burn time. The Lindl (Phys. Plasmas 2, 3933 (1995)] "attractor" trajectory is shown to experience non-radial hydrodynamic energy that grows towards this saturated state. Comparing the saturation value with the available detailed 3D simulation results, we find that the fluctuating velocities in these simulations reach substantial fractions of the saturated value.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number042703
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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