Stability of Magnetohydrodynamic Shock Waves

  • Calvo-Rivera, Andrés (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)
  • Huete, César (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)
  • García Rubio, Fernando (Laboratory for Laser Energetics, UR)
  • Velikovich, Alexander L (US Naval Research Laboratory)

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The approach of magnetized target fusion (MTF) to inertial confinement fusion (ICF) entails the creation of strong shock waves that propagate through a magnetized plasma. These shocks, which assume a pivotal role in the process of thermalizing the kinetic energy generated in the implosion stage, are often subject to perturbations and may deform in response to disturbances upstream or downstream. Prior experiments involving Z-pinch have demonstrated that pre-embedded axial magnetic fields can effectively mitigate plasma instability. In the present work, we aim to examine the effect of perpendicular magnetic field on planar shock stability.