The energy deposition of a relativistic electron beam in a plasma can be managed through turning on or off fast beam-plasma instabilities in desirable regions. This management may enable new ways of realizing the fast-igniter scenario of inertial fusion. Collisional effects alone can decelerate electrons of at most a few MeV within the core of an inertial-fusion target. Beam-excited Langmuir turbulence, however, can decelerate even ultrarelativistic electrons in the core.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)