Opportunity at Naval Research Laboratory NRL
Dynamics and Stability of Radiating High Energy Density Plasmas
Naval Research Laboratory, DC, Plasma Physics
||Washington, DC 203755321
|Alexander L. Velikovich
This program focuses on the issues of dynamics and stability of plasmas in physical situations relevant to inertial confinement fusion and the development of Z-pinch plasma x-ray radiation sources. Problems currently under investigation include (1) Rayleigh-Taylor (RT) and Richtmyer-Meshkov (RM) instabilities in dynamic radiating plasmas; (2) early-time perturbation growth in laser targets, laser imprint, ablative RM instability, feedout; (3) mitigation of the RT instability and design of RT-resistant laser targets and Z-pinch loads; (4) stabilizing effects of either applied magnetic fields (both axial and azimuthal, external or trapped) or density and composition tailoring; (5) power amplification in vacuum; and (6) investigation of innovative approaches to increasing yield, power, and hardness of the x-ray output from existing and proposed pulsed power facilities. The work involves design and interpretation of experiments, analytical theory, and numerical simulation.
Open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents
Open to Postdoctoral applicants