Three-dimensional blast-wave-driven Rayleigh-Taylor instability and the effects of long-wavelength modes

@article{Kuranz2009ThreedimensionalBR,
title={Three-dimensional blast-wave-driven Rayleigh-Taylor instability and the effects of long-wavelength modes},
author={C. Kuranz and R. P. Drake and M. Grosskopf and A. Budde and C. Krauland and D. Marion and A. Visco and J. Ditmar and H. Robey and B. Remington and A. Miles and A. Cooper and C. Sorce and T. Plewa and N. Hearn and K. Killebrew and J. Knauer and D. Arnett and T. L. Donajkowski},
journal={Physics of Plasmas},
year={2009},
volume={16},
pages={056310}
}

This paper describes experiments exploring the three-dimensional (3D) Rayleigh–Taylor instability at a blast-wave-driven interface. This experiment is well scaled to the He/H interface during the explosion phase of SN1987A. In the experiments, ∼5 kJ of energy from the Omega laser was used to create a planar blast wave in a plastic disk, which is accelerated into a lower-density foam. These circumstances induce the Richtmyer–Meshkov instability and, after the shock passes the interface, the… Expand