Nuclear Engineering ETDs

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In inertial confinement fusion (ICF), the kinetic ion and charge separation field effects may play a significant role in the difference between the measured neutron yield in experiments and the predicted yield from fluid codes. Two distinct of approaches exists in modeling plasma physics phenomena: fluid and kinetic approaches. While the fluid approach is computationally less expensive, robust closures are difficult to obtain for a wide separation in temperature and density. While the kinetic approach is a closed system, it resolves the full 6D phase space and classic explicit numerical schemes restrict both the spatial and time-step size to a point where the method becomes intractable. Classic implicit system require the storage and inversion of a very large linear system which also becomes intractable. This dissertation will develop a new implicit method based on an emerging moment-based accelerator which allows one to step over stiff kinetic time-scales. The new method converges the solution per time-step stably and efficiently compared to a standard Picard iteration. This new algorithm will be used to investigate mixing in Omega ICF fuel-pusher interface at early time of the implosion process, fully kinetically.


moment based accelerator, plasma physics, inertial confinement fusion, mix, kinetic, HOLO

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Degree Name

Nuclear Engineering

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Department Name

Nuclear Engineering

First Advisor

Prinja, Anil

First Committee Member (Chair)

Knoll, Dana

Second Committee Member

Oliveira, Cassiano

Third Committee Member

Sulsky, Deborah