Sudden Viscous Dissipation of Compressing Turbulence

Seth Davidovits, Nathaniel J. Fisch

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Compression of turbulent plasma can amplify the turbulent kinetic energy, if the compression is fast compared to the viscous dissipation time of the turbulent eddies. A sudden viscous dissipation mechanism is demonstrated, whereby this amplified turbulent kinetic energy is rapidly converted into thermal energy, suggesting a new paradigm for fast ignition inertial fusion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number105004
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number10
StatePublished - Mar 11 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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