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This article introduces some of the basic concepts as well as some of the most important phenomenologies of the physics of the targets for inertial confinement fusion. By presenting a gallery of simulations, the article introduces some of the fundamental concepts and most topical problems relating to research in the field of nuclear fusion. The simulations were confined to 2D models. The DUED code used in this study is in fact a 2D model (of cartesian or cylindrical geometry), which includes all the physical processes considered to be important for the purpose of correct simulation in inertial fusion experiments. DUED is based on a fluid plasma model with different temperatures for electrons and ions. Thermal conduction and energy exchange between electrons and ions are considered. The gallery of simulations includes: (i) acceleration and implosion; (ii) collapse, ignition and combustion; (iii) indirect radiance; (iv) high resolution simulation of Rayleigh-Taylor instability.

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Authors: ATZENI S, ENEA, Centro Ricerche Energia Frascati, Roma (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Il Nuovo Saggiatore, Vol. 8 (1992) No. 2, pp. 24-34
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