The Rayleigh–Taylor instability (RTI) of the inner surface of an inertial confinement fusion shell is studied through high-resolution two-dimensional numerical simulations. The instability is seeded by a mass displacement introduced in the simulations at the end of the implosion coasting stage. Analysis of single-mode, small-amplitude perturbations confirms that ablation caused by electron conduction and fusion alpha-particles causes significant growth reduction of all modes and stabilization of high-l modes. Different measures of the instability are discussed and compared with modified Takabe-like expressions. Large-amplitude multi-mode simulations are performed to study the effects of RTI on ignition and burn. RTI perturbations reduce the size of the central hot spot and delay ignition. For a few different perturbation spectra the dependence of fusion yield on the initial perturbation root mean square amplitude is studied.
Converging geometry Rayleigh–Taylor instability and central ignition of inertial confinement fusion targets / Atzeni, Stefano; Schiavi, Angelo; M., Temporal. - In: PLASMA PHYSICS AND CONTROLLED FUSION. - ISSN 0741-3335. - STAMPA. - 46(2004), pp. B111-B120. [10.1088/0741-3335/46/12B/010]