Testing astrophysical radiation hydrodynamics codes with hypervelocity jet experiments on the Nova laser

James McLellan Stone, Neal Turner, Kent Estabrook, Bruce Remington, David Farley, S. Gail Glendinning, Siegfried Glenzer

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Abstract

Recent shock-tube experiments using the Nova laser facility have demonstrated that strong shocks and highly supersonic flows similar to those encountered in astrophysical jets can be studied in detail through carefully controlled experiments. We propose the use of high-power lasers such as Nova, Omega, Gekko, and the National Ignition Facility (NIF) to perform experiments on radiation hydrodynamic problems such as jets involving the multidimensional dynamics of strong shocks. High-power lasers are the only experimental facilities that can reach the very high Mach number regime. The experiments will serve as diagnostics of astrophysically interesting gasdynamic problems and could also form the basis of test problems for numerical algorithms for astrophysical radiation hydrodynamic codes. The potential for experimentally achieving a strongly radiative jet seems very good.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)497-502
Number of pages6
JournalAstrophysical Journal, Supplement Series
Volume127
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

Keywords

  • ISM: jets and outflows
  • Methods: laboratory
  • Shock waves

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