George A. Kyrala

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We have used x-ray diffraction with subnanosecond temporal resolution to measure the lattice parameters of orthogonal planes in shock compressed single crystals of silicon (Si) and copper (Cu). Despite uniaxial compression along the (400) direction of Si reducing the lattice spacing by nearly 11%, no observable changes occur in planes with normals(More)
A terawatt-class laser, based on the amplification of subpicosecond pulses in XeCl discharge amplifiers, is described. The system generates 250-mJ, 335-fsec pulses at a sustained 1-Hz repetition rate. Using f/3.7 optics, focal-spot dimensions of 3.4 microm x 4.1 microm are measured for the fully amplified output beam, thus demonstrating a mean focalvolume(More)
Indirect-drive hohlraum experiments at the National Ignition Facility have demonstrated symmetric capsule implosions at unprecedented laser drive energies of 0.7 megajoule. One hundred and ninety-two simultaneously fired laser beams heat ignition-emulate hohlraums to radiation temperatures of 3.3 million kelvin, compressing 1.8-millimeter-diameter capsules(More)
DT neutron yield (Y(n)), ion temperature (T(i)), and down-scatter ratio (dsr) determined from measured neutron spectra are essential metrics for diagnosing the performance of inertial confinement fusion (ICF) implosions at the National Ignition Facility (NIF). A suite of neutron-time-of-flight (nTOF) spectrometers and a magnetic recoil spectrometer (MRS)(More)
The dilation x-ray imager (DIXI) [T. J. Hilsabeck et al., Rev. Sci. Instrum. 81, 10E317 (2010); S. R. Nagel et al., ibid. 83, 10E116 (2012); S. R. Nagel et al., ibid. 85, 11E504 (2014)] is a high-speed x-ray framing camera that uses the pulse-dilation technique to achieve a temporal resolution of less than 10 ps. This is a 10 × improvement over conventional(More)
Velocity interferometer system for any reflectors (VISARs), are becoming increasingly popular in the measurement of shock waves in solids and liquids. VISAR techniques are used in measurements of transit time, speed of shock waves in flight in transparent media [L. C. Chhabildas and J. L. Wise, in Proceedings of the 4th APS Topical Conference on Shock Waves(More)
The development and application of point backlighting at high x-ray energies is an essential step in diagnosing radiation-driven experiments. The point-backlighting technique provides uniform backlighter irradiance over a large field of view. This technique circumvents the large laser energy required for area backlighters at energies of 9 keV and above. We(More)
By using three tunable wavelengths on different cones of laser beams on the National Ignition Facility, numerical simulations show that the energy transfer between beams can be tuned to redistribute the energy within the cones of beams most prone to backscatter instabilities. These radiative hydrodynamics and laser-plasma interaction simulations have been(More)
Recent experiments on the National Ignition Facility [M. J. Edwards et al., Phys. Plasmas 20, 070501 (2013)] demonstrate that utilizing a near-vacuum hohlraum (low pressure gas-filled) is a viable option for high convergence cryogenic deuterium-tritium (DT) layered capsule implosions. This is made possible by using a dense ablator (high-density carbon),(More)
Mixing of plastic ablator material, doped with Cu and Ge dopants, deep into the hot spot of ignition-scale inertial confinement fusion implosions by hydrodynamic instabilities is diagnosed with x-ray spectroscopy on the National Ignition Facility. The amount of hot-spot mix mass is determined from the absolute brightness of the emergent Cu and Ge K-shell(More)