Volume 96, Number 3, November 2011
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Section||Physics of Gases, Plasmas and Electric Discharges|
|Published online||18 October 2011|
Effect of preheating on the nonlinear evolution of the ablative Rayleigh-Taylor instability
Institute for Fusion Theory and Simulation, Department of Physics, Zhejiang University Hangzhou 310027, PRC
2 Institute of Applied Physics and Computational Mathematics - Beijing 100088, PRC
3 Center for Applied Physics and Technology and Key Laboratory of High Energy Density Physics Simulation of the Ministry of Education, Peking University - Beijing 100871, PRC
4 Theoretical Physics I, Ruhr University - D-44789 Bochum, Germany, EU
Accepted: 13 September 2011
The evolution of the ablative Rayleigh-Taylor instability in the presence of preheating of the cold pristine plasma ahead of the ablative front is investigated by two-dimensional numerical simulation. When the dependence of the linear ARTI growth rate on the excitation wavelength has a sharp maximum, a secondary spike-bubble structure at a harmonic of the excitation wavelength will be generated, leading to rupture of the original mode. On the other hand, for stronger preheating the linear growth rate has no sharp maximum and in the nonlinear evolution no competing secondary spike-bubble structure is generated. Instead, the original excitation evolves into an elongated jet. These results are in agreement with that from an analytical single-mode theory.
PACS: 52.65.Kj – Magnetohydrodynamic and fluid equation / 52.38.Mf – Laser ablation / 52.57.Fg – Implosion symmetry and hydrodynamic instability (Rayleigh-Taylor, Richtmyer-Meshkov, imprint, etc.)
© EPLA, 2011
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