a1 Institut für Neutronenphysik und Reaktortechnik, Kernforschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Postfach 3640, D-7500 Karlsruhe, Federal Republic of Germany
In this paper we discuss the importance of radiation transport in inertial confinement fusion (ICF) target design. It is shown that a self similar solution of non-linear heat conduction can be used to estimate the penetration depth of radiation thermal waves (Marshak Waves) in ion-beam ICF pellets. An improved numerical treatment of non-linear heat conduction has been incorporated into the hydrodynamic code MEDUSA-KA to simulate radiation transport in ICF target design studies. The numerical results have been checked against self-similar solutions and a comparison between the two is presented in this paper. We find good agreement between the two. The necessity of using a high-z radiation shield to protect the fuel from radiative preheat is also discussed.
(Received February 09 1984)