CCP Flagship: A radiation-hydrodynamics code for the UK laser-plasma community

Lead Research Organisation: STFC - Laboratories
Department Name: Central Laser Facility (CLF)

Abstract

The interaction of high-power lasers with solids generates an ionised material - a plasma. Such plasmas are being studied in laboratory experiments worldwide for a variety of reasons. Beyond this fundamental interest in the nature of plasmas is the possibility that laser-plasmas may lead to technological breakthroughs of significant importance. Foremost amongst these possible technologies is using laser-driven plasmas as a source of energy via fusion. Fusion offers the prospect of limitless energy with near zero carbon emission and no long-lived radiative waste. This would revolutionise the world energy markets and potential secure a base load energy supply for the UK independent of imports. Additionally maintaining a UK lead in this field also would allow UK high-tech industries to profit from involvement in fusion science.

The National Ignition Facility (NIF) in the US is making significant progress towards the goal of laser-driven fusion and a similar size facility in France, the LaserMegaJoule (LMJ), will soon be completed. Alternative approaches to laser-driven fusion are being pursued in Japan, France, UK and USA. Worldwide this represents billions of dollars of investment. UK plasma scientists have maintained a leading international role in these theoretical and experimental developments. In order to maintain that roll the UK needs to be internationally competitive in both theory and experiments. However to field experiments on NIF or LMJ the design of the experiment, laser configuration, target properties and diagnostics must all be simulated first. This requires a special form of fluid simulation code called a radiation-hydrodynamics code. Such codes model the properties of the fluid-like plasma and, crucially, the energy transported through the plasma via the strong electromagnetic radiation field resulting from the laser, plasma compression and heating. UK academia has no such code and is in danger of loosing its international lead as a result. This proposal is to develop a radiation-hydrodynamics code (Odin) capable of designing fusion pellets, diagnostics and advance fusion ignition schemes.

The type of radiation-hydrodynamics code that is needed for fusion research would be based around an scheme called Arbitrary Lagrangian Euler (ALE). Developing the Odin ALE code is a major undertaking. Odin would also have direct applications to other branches of laser-plasma physics. There are experiments being run, and planned, which aim to generate proton and carbon beams for medical treatments. Such ion-beam therapy is possible now but the potential exists to reduce the cost and size of equipment needed and have more control. Crucial to optimising such laser accelerators is an understanding of the plasma that first forms in front of the target before the main laser pulse arrives. This so called pre-plasma cannot be easily measured experimentally but it could be accurately simulated by the Odin code. Thus Odin would directly contribute to research in laser-plasma based proton accelerators. Pre-plasmas are also a serious issue for very high-power laser experiments, such as the EU funded Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI), which aim to access the QED-plasma regime.

The Odin code will be used for decades by UK researchers. It is therefore essential that this code is sustainable and adaptable to the emerging hardware in high-performance computing. Computer scientists, as well as plasma physicists, will therefore collaborate in the development of the Odin code to ensure it is optimised for current and next generation computers and benefits from the advances in both physics and computer science. The UK Computational Collaborative Project in Plasma Physics (CCPP) will manage the whole project and the code made available to all UK based plasma researchers.

Publications

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Description Input into EPSRC Review of Fusion and Fission
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Adding laser-plasma interaction instability physics to the Odin radiation-hydrodynamics code 
Organisation Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA)
Country France 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution I have performed a central role in bringing this partnership together. The core theme is centred around further development of the Odin radiation-hydrodynamics code in combination with experiments to benchmark the code developments.
Collaborator Contribution This is a fledging partnership. We are yet to secure funding - this is due to be decided by 8th March 2017 by EPSRC. Our various partners have pledged in-kind contributions subject to this project being funded as outlined below: - Atomic Weapons Establishment (Garbett, Sircombe, Coltman, Williams): Garbett and Sircombe are core members of our collaboration. The AWE has pledged significant additional support: 1) simulation support with their CORVUS code (Coltman/Garbett), 2) by funding the PhD of Williams' (who brings experience developing 3D ray-tracing techniques), supervised by Sircombe and Arber), 3) by funding 50% of a second PhD student at Warwick. The total in-kind value the AWE bring to our proposal is £155.8k. - University of Bordeaux, CELIA (Tikhonchuk, Batani, Ribeyre, Lebel, Casner): The CELIA group has agreed to provide modelling support (Ribeyre, Lebel), experimental design expertise (Batani, Casner), theory support (Tikhonchuk), computational resources and access to invaluable data from 'ignition scale' shock ignition experiments scheduled for 2018 on the LMJ. Their in-kind contributions total £1.9M. - Laboratory for Laser Energetics (R. Betti, W. Theobald): As inventor of the shock ignition concept and leading shock ignition experimentalist respectively, LLE will bring a wealth of experience to our team. They will also contribute manpower of 0.3FTE/annum (totalling ~£200k), computing resources, experimental expertise, and the data from all ~200 prior Omega shock ignition shots, worth £1.6M. £1.8M total. - University of Warwick will fund 50% (£33k) of a PhD student performing large-scale PIC modelling of LPIs. This will refine existing reduced-LPI models for incorporation into hydrocodes. -University of York will fund 50% of an experiment-focused PhD (£43.5k), with the other 50% (£43.5k) funded by the Fusion CDT (York, Liverpool, Durham, Oxford, Manchester).
Impact If funded: further development of the Odin radiation hydrodynamics code. Increase international cooperation in laser fusion research, especially in the field of Shock Ignition. This work would not have been possible without the initial Odin grant.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Adding laser-plasma interaction instability physics to the Odin radiation-hydrodynamics code 
Organisation Atomic Weapons Establishment
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution I have performed a central role in bringing this partnership together. The core theme is centred around further development of the Odin radiation-hydrodynamics code in combination with experiments to benchmark the code developments.
Collaborator Contribution This is a fledging partnership. We are yet to secure funding - this is due to be decided by 8th March 2017 by EPSRC. Our various partners have pledged in-kind contributions subject to this project being funded as outlined below: - Atomic Weapons Establishment (Garbett, Sircombe, Coltman, Williams): Garbett and Sircombe are core members of our collaboration. The AWE has pledged significant additional support: 1) simulation support with their CORVUS code (Coltman/Garbett), 2) by funding the PhD of Williams' (who brings experience developing 3D ray-tracing techniques), supervised by Sircombe and Arber), 3) by funding 50% of a second PhD student at Warwick. The total in-kind value the AWE bring to our proposal is £155.8k. - University of Bordeaux, CELIA (Tikhonchuk, Batani, Ribeyre, Lebel, Casner): The CELIA group has agreed to provide modelling support (Ribeyre, Lebel), experimental design expertise (Batani, Casner), theory support (Tikhonchuk), computational resources and access to invaluable data from 'ignition scale' shock ignition experiments scheduled for 2018 on the LMJ. Their in-kind contributions total £1.9M. - Laboratory for Laser Energetics (R. Betti, W. Theobald): As inventor of the shock ignition concept and leading shock ignition experimentalist respectively, LLE will bring a wealth of experience to our team. They will also contribute manpower of 0.3FTE/annum (totalling ~£200k), computing resources, experimental expertise, and the data from all ~200 prior Omega shock ignition shots, worth £1.6M. £1.8M total. - University of Warwick will fund 50% (£33k) of a PhD student performing large-scale PIC modelling of LPIs. This will refine existing reduced-LPI models for incorporation into hydrocodes. -University of York will fund 50% of an experiment-focused PhD (£43.5k), with the other 50% (£43.5k) funded by the Fusion CDT (York, Liverpool, Durham, Oxford, Manchester).
Impact If funded: further development of the Odin radiation hydrodynamics code. Increase international cooperation in laser fusion research, especially in the field of Shock Ignition. This work would not have been possible without the initial Odin grant.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Adding laser-plasma interaction instability physics to the Odin radiation-hydrodynamics code 
Organisation Imperial College London
Department Department of Physics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I have performed a central role in bringing this partnership together. The core theme is centred around further development of the Odin radiation-hydrodynamics code in combination with experiments to benchmark the code developments.
Collaborator Contribution This is a fledging partnership. We are yet to secure funding - this is due to be decided by 8th March 2017 by EPSRC. Our various partners have pledged in-kind contributions subject to this project being funded as outlined below: - Atomic Weapons Establishment (Garbett, Sircombe, Coltman, Williams): Garbett and Sircombe are core members of our collaboration. The AWE has pledged significant additional support: 1) simulation support with their CORVUS code (Coltman/Garbett), 2) by funding the PhD of Williams' (who brings experience developing 3D ray-tracing techniques), supervised by Sircombe and Arber), 3) by funding 50% of a second PhD student at Warwick. The total in-kind value the AWE bring to our proposal is £155.8k. - University of Bordeaux, CELIA (Tikhonchuk, Batani, Ribeyre, Lebel, Casner): The CELIA group has agreed to provide modelling support (Ribeyre, Lebel), experimental design expertise (Batani, Casner), theory support (Tikhonchuk), computational resources and access to invaluable data from 'ignition scale' shock ignition experiments scheduled for 2018 on the LMJ. Their in-kind contributions total £1.9M. - Laboratory for Laser Energetics (R. Betti, W. Theobald): As inventor of the shock ignition concept and leading shock ignition experimentalist respectively, LLE will bring a wealth of experience to our team. They will also contribute manpower of 0.3FTE/annum (totalling ~£200k), computing resources, experimental expertise, and the data from all ~200 prior Omega shock ignition shots, worth £1.6M. £1.8M total. - University of Warwick will fund 50% (£33k) of a PhD student performing large-scale PIC modelling of LPIs. This will refine existing reduced-LPI models for incorporation into hydrocodes. -University of York will fund 50% of an experiment-focused PhD (£43.5k), with the other 50% (£43.5k) funded by the Fusion CDT (York, Liverpool, Durham, Oxford, Manchester).
Impact If funded: further development of the Odin radiation hydrodynamics code. Increase international cooperation in laser fusion research, especially in the field of Shock Ignition. This work would not have been possible without the initial Odin grant.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Adding laser-plasma interaction instability physics to the Odin radiation-hydrodynamics code 
Organisation University of Bordeaux
Department Center for Intense Lasers and Applications
Country France 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I have performed a central role in bringing this partnership together. The core theme is centred around further development of the Odin radiation-hydrodynamics code in combination with experiments to benchmark the code developments.
Collaborator Contribution This is a fledging partnership. We are yet to secure funding - this is due to be decided by 8th March 2017 by EPSRC. Our various partners have pledged in-kind contributions subject to this project being funded as outlined below: - Atomic Weapons Establishment (Garbett, Sircombe, Coltman, Williams): Garbett and Sircombe are core members of our collaboration. The AWE has pledged significant additional support: 1) simulation support with their CORVUS code (Coltman/Garbett), 2) by funding the PhD of Williams' (who brings experience developing 3D ray-tracing techniques), supervised by Sircombe and Arber), 3) by funding 50% of a second PhD student at Warwick. The total in-kind value the AWE bring to our proposal is £155.8k. - University of Bordeaux, CELIA (Tikhonchuk, Batani, Ribeyre, Lebel, Casner): The CELIA group has agreed to provide modelling support (Ribeyre, Lebel), experimental design expertise (Batani, Casner), theory support (Tikhonchuk), computational resources and access to invaluable data from 'ignition scale' shock ignition experiments scheduled for 2018 on the LMJ. Their in-kind contributions total £1.9M. - Laboratory for Laser Energetics (R. Betti, W. Theobald): As inventor of the shock ignition concept and leading shock ignition experimentalist respectively, LLE will bring a wealth of experience to our team. They will also contribute manpower of 0.3FTE/annum (totalling ~£200k), computing resources, experimental expertise, and the data from all ~200 prior Omega shock ignition shots, worth £1.6M. £1.8M total. - University of Warwick will fund 50% (£33k) of a PhD student performing large-scale PIC modelling of LPIs. This will refine existing reduced-LPI models for incorporation into hydrocodes. -University of York will fund 50% of an experiment-focused PhD (£43.5k), with the other 50% (£43.5k) funded by the Fusion CDT (York, Liverpool, Durham, Oxford, Manchester).
Impact If funded: further development of the Odin radiation hydrodynamics code. Increase international cooperation in laser fusion research, especially in the field of Shock Ignition. This work would not have been possible without the initial Odin grant.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Adding laser-plasma interaction instability physics to the Odin radiation-hydrodynamics code 
Organisation University of Rochester
Department Laboratory for Laser Energetics
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I have performed a central role in bringing this partnership together. The core theme is centred around further development of the Odin radiation-hydrodynamics code in combination with experiments to benchmark the code developments.
Collaborator Contribution This is a fledging partnership. We are yet to secure funding - this is due to be decided by 8th March 2017 by EPSRC. Our various partners have pledged in-kind contributions subject to this project being funded as outlined below: - Atomic Weapons Establishment (Garbett, Sircombe, Coltman, Williams): Garbett and Sircombe are core members of our collaboration. The AWE has pledged significant additional support: 1) simulation support with their CORVUS code (Coltman/Garbett), 2) by funding the PhD of Williams' (who brings experience developing 3D ray-tracing techniques), supervised by Sircombe and Arber), 3) by funding 50% of a second PhD student at Warwick. The total in-kind value the AWE bring to our proposal is £155.8k. - University of Bordeaux, CELIA (Tikhonchuk, Batani, Ribeyre, Lebel, Casner): The CELIA group has agreed to provide modelling support (Ribeyre, Lebel), experimental design expertise (Batani, Casner), theory support (Tikhonchuk), computational resources and access to invaluable data from 'ignition scale' shock ignition experiments scheduled for 2018 on the LMJ. Their in-kind contributions total £1.9M. - Laboratory for Laser Energetics (R. Betti, W. Theobald): As inventor of the shock ignition concept and leading shock ignition experimentalist respectively, LLE will bring a wealth of experience to our team. They will also contribute manpower of 0.3FTE/annum (totalling ~£200k), computing resources, experimental expertise, and the data from all ~200 prior Omega shock ignition shots, worth £1.6M. £1.8M total. - University of Warwick will fund 50% (£33k) of a PhD student performing large-scale PIC modelling of LPIs. This will refine existing reduced-LPI models for incorporation into hydrocodes. -University of York will fund 50% of an experiment-focused PhD (£43.5k), with the other 50% (£43.5k) funded by the Fusion CDT (York, Liverpool, Durham, Oxford, Manchester).
Impact If funded: further development of the Odin radiation hydrodynamics code. Increase international cooperation in laser fusion research, especially in the field of Shock Ignition. This work would not have been possible without the initial Odin grant.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Adding laser-plasma interaction instability physics to the Odin radiation-hydrodynamics code 
Organisation University of Warwick
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I have performed a central role in bringing this partnership together. The core theme is centred around further development of the Odin radiation-hydrodynamics code in combination with experiments to benchmark the code developments.
Collaborator Contribution This is a fledging partnership. We are yet to secure funding - this is due to be decided by 8th March 2017 by EPSRC. Our various partners have pledged in-kind contributions subject to this project being funded as outlined below: - Atomic Weapons Establishment (Garbett, Sircombe, Coltman, Williams): Garbett and Sircombe are core members of our collaboration. The AWE has pledged significant additional support: 1) simulation support with their CORVUS code (Coltman/Garbett), 2) by funding the PhD of Williams' (who brings experience developing 3D ray-tracing techniques), supervised by Sircombe and Arber), 3) by funding 50% of a second PhD student at Warwick. The total in-kind value the AWE bring to our proposal is £155.8k. - University of Bordeaux, CELIA (Tikhonchuk, Batani, Ribeyre, Lebel, Casner): The CELIA group has agreed to provide modelling support (Ribeyre, Lebel), experimental design expertise (Batani, Casner), theory support (Tikhonchuk), computational resources and access to invaluable data from 'ignition scale' shock ignition experiments scheduled for 2018 on the LMJ. Their in-kind contributions total £1.9M. - Laboratory for Laser Energetics (R. Betti, W. Theobald): As inventor of the shock ignition concept and leading shock ignition experimentalist respectively, LLE will bring a wealth of experience to our team. They will also contribute manpower of 0.3FTE/annum (totalling ~£200k), computing resources, experimental expertise, and the data from all ~200 prior Omega shock ignition shots, worth £1.6M. £1.8M total. - University of Warwick will fund 50% (£33k) of a PhD student performing large-scale PIC modelling of LPIs. This will refine existing reduced-LPI models for incorporation into hydrocodes. -University of York will fund 50% of an experiment-focused PhD (£43.5k), with the other 50% (£43.5k) funded by the Fusion CDT (York, Liverpool, Durham, Oxford, Manchester).
Impact If funded: further development of the Odin radiation hydrodynamics code. Increase international cooperation in laser fusion research, especially in the field of Shock Ignition. This work would not have been possible without the initial Odin grant.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Adding laser-plasma interaction instability physics to the Odin radiation-hydrodynamics code 
Organisation University of York
Department Department of Physics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I have performed a central role in bringing this partnership together. The core theme is centred around further development of the Odin radiation-hydrodynamics code in combination with experiments to benchmark the code developments.
Collaborator Contribution This is a fledging partnership. We are yet to secure funding - this is due to be decided by 8th March 2017 by EPSRC. Our various partners have pledged in-kind contributions subject to this project being funded as outlined below: - Atomic Weapons Establishment (Garbett, Sircombe, Coltman, Williams): Garbett and Sircombe are core members of our collaboration. The AWE has pledged significant additional support: 1) simulation support with their CORVUS code (Coltman/Garbett), 2) by funding the PhD of Williams' (who brings experience developing 3D ray-tracing techniques), supervised by Sircombe and Arber), 3) by funding 50% of a second PhD student at Warwick. The total in-kind value the AWE bring to our proposal is £155.8k. - University of Bordeaux, CELIA (Tikhonchuk, Batani, Ribeyre, Lebel, Casner): The CELIA group has agreed to provide modelling support (Ribeyre, Lebel), experimental design expertise (Batani, Casner), theory support (Tikhonchuk), computational resources and access to invaluable data from 'ignition scale' shock ignition experiments scheduled for 2018 on the LMJ. Their in-kind contributions total £1.9M. - Laboratory for Laser Energetics (R. Betti, W. Theobald): As inventor of the shock ignition concept and leading shock ignition experimentalist respectively, LLE will bring a wealth of experience to our team. They will also contribute manpower of 0.3FTE/annum (totalling ~£200k), computing resources, experimental expertise, and the data from all ~200 prior Omega shock ignition shots, worth £1.6M. £1.8M total. - University of Warwick will fund 50% (£33k) of a PhD student performing large-scale PIC modelling of LPIs. This will refine existing reduced-LPI models for incorporation into hydrocodes. -University of York will fund 50% of an experiment-focused PhD (£43.5k), with the other 50% (£43.5k) funded by the Fusion CDT (York, Liverpool, Durham, Oxford, Manchester).
Impact If funded: further development of the Odin radiation hydrodynamics code. Increase international cooperation in laser fusion research, especially in the field of Shock Ignition. This work would not have been possible without the initial Odin grant.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Hydro-kinetics grant collaborations 
Organisation Atomic Weapons Establishment
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution We are all performing research in to the direct drive/shock ignition approach to laser inertial fusion. Our research team has developed a close collaboration with our partners. We have been asked to be the lead experiment designers for a joint experiment on the world-leading National Ignition Facility.
Collaborator Contribution AWE: Provision of expertise. Use of internal computing resources. Funding of 2 PhD students to work on this project (jointly with Warwick). Funding of staff time to travel to joint meetings. University of Bordeaux: Use of 1 million hours of CPU-time. 2 persons working for 0.33 FTE for 3 years. Sharing of shot data obtained from the LMJ facility. University of Warwick: 0.5 PhD students's pay + fees. Money towards experimental time on Omega facility + targets. University of York: 1 PhD students's pay + fees. Money towards experimental time on Omega facility + targets. University of Rochester: Access to over 200 shots-worth of data from the Omega laser facility. Joint experimental applications to the National Ignition Facility.
Impact Successful joint applications with the University of Rochester for time on the National Ignition Facility. The financial value of this is approximately $2.5M.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Hydro-kinetics grant collaborations 
Organisation General Atomics
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution We are all performing research in to the direct drive/shock ignition approach to laser inertial fusion. Our research team has developed a close collaboration with our partners. We have been asked to be the lead experiment designers for a joint experiment on the world-leading National Ignition Facility.
Collaborator Contribution AWE: Provision of expertise. Use of internal computing resources. Funding of 2 PhD students to work on this project (jointly with Warwick). Funding of staff time to travel to joint meetings. University of Bordeaux: Use of 1 million hours of CPU-time. 2 persons working for 0.33 FTE for 3 years. Sharing of shot data obtained from the LMJ facility. University of Warwick: 0.5 PhD students's pay + fees. Money towards experimental time on Omega facility + targets. University of York: 1 PhD students's pay + fees. Money towards experimental time on Omega facility + targets. University of Rochester: Access to over 200 shots-worth of data from the Omega laser facility. Joint experimental applications to the National Ignition Facility.
Impact Successful joint applications with the University of Rochester for time on the National Ignition Facility. The financial value of this is approximately $2.5M.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Hydro-kinetics grant collaborations 
Organisation Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Department Department of Physics
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We are all performing research in to the direct drive/shock ignition approach to laser inertial fusion. Our research team has developed a close collaboration with our partners. We have been asked to be the lead experiment designers for a joint experiment on the world-leading National Ignition Facility.
Collaborator Contribution AWE: Provision of expertise. Use of internal computing resources. Funding of 2 PhD students to work on this project (jointly with Warwick). Funding of staff time to travel to joint meetings. University of Bordeaux: Use of 1 million hours of CPU-time. 2 persons working for 0.33 FTE for 3 years. Sharing of shot data obtained from the LMJ facility. University of Warwick: 0.5 PhD students's pay + fees. Money towards experimental time on Omega facility + targets. University of York: 1 PhD students's pay + fees. Money towards experimental time on Omega facility + targets. University of Rochester: Access to over 200 shots-worth of data from the Omega laser facility. Joint experimental applications to the National Ignition Facility.
Impact Successful joint applications with the University of Rochester for time on the National Ignition Facility. The financial value of this is approximately $2.5M.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Hydro-kinetics grant collaborations 
Organisation Sapienza University of Rome
Department Department of Physics
Country Italy 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We are all performing research in to the direct drive/shock ignition approach to laser inertial fusion. Our research team has developed a close collaboration with our partners. We have been asked to be the lead experiment designers for a joint experiment on the world-leading National Ignition Facility.
Collaborator Contribution AWE: Provision of expertise. Use of internal computing resources. Funding of 2 PhD students to work on this project (jointly with Warwick). Funding of staff time to travel to joint meetings. University of Bordeaux: Use of 1 million hours of CPU-time. 2 persons working for 0.33 FTE for 3 years. Sharing of shot data obtained from the LMJ facility. University of Warwick: 0.5 PhD students's pay + fees. Money towards experimental time on Omega facility + targets. University of York: 1 PhD students's pay + fees. Money towards experimental time on Omega facility + targets. University of Rochester: Access to over 200 shots-worth of data from the Omega laser facility. Joint experimental applications to the National Ignition Facility.
Impact Successful joint applications with the University of Rochester for time on the National Ignition Facility. The financial value of this is approximately $2.5M.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Hydro-kinetics grant collaborations 
Organisation University of Bordeaux
Country France 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We are all performing research in to the direct drive/shock ignition approach to laser inertial fusion. Our research team has developed a close collaboration with our partners. We have been asked to be the lead experiment designers for a joint experiment on the world-leading National Ignition Facility.
Collaborator Contribution AWE: Provision of expertise. Use of internal computing resources. Funding of 2 PhD students to work on this project (jointly with Warwick). Funding of staff time to travel to joint meetings. University of Bordeaux: Use of 1 million hours of CPU-time. 2 persons working for 0.33 FTE for 3 years. Sharing of shot data obtained from the LMJ facility. University of Warwick: 0.5 PhD students's pay + fees. Money towards experimental time on Omega facility + targets. University of York: 1 PhD students's pay + fees. Money towards experimental time on Omega facility + targets. University of Rochester: Access to over 200 shots-worth of data from the Omega laser facility. Joint experimental applications to the National Ignition Facility.
Impact Successful joint applications with the University of Rochester for time on the National Ignition Facility. The financial value of this is approximately $2.5M.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Hydro-kinetics grant collaborations 
Organisation University of Rochester
Department Laboratory for Laser Energetics
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We are all performing research in to the direct drive/shock ignition approach to laser inertial fusion. Our research team has developed a close collaboration with our partners. We have been asked to be the lead experiment designers for a joint experiment on the world-leading National Ignition Facility.
Collaborator Contribution AWE: Provision of expertise. Use of internal computing resources. Funding of 2 PhD students to work on this project (jointly with Warwick). Funding of staff time to travel to joint meetings. University of Bordeaux: Use of 1 million hours of CPU-time. 2 persons working for 0.33 FTE for 3 years. Sharing of shot data obtained from the LMJ facility. University of Warwick: 0.5 PhD students's pay + fees. Money towards experimental time on Omega facility + targets. University of York: 1 PhD students's pay + fees. Money towards experimental time on Omega facility + targets. University of Rochester: Access to over 200 shots-worth of data from the Omega laser facility. Joint experimental applications to the National Ignition Facility.
Impact Successful joint applications with the University of Rochester for time on the National Ignition Facility. The financial value of this is approximately $2.5M.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Hydro-kinetics grant collaborations 
Organisation University of Warwick
Department Department of Physics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We are all performing research in to the direct drive/shock ignition approach to laser inertial fusion. Our research team has developed a close collaboration with our partners. We have been asked to be the lead experiment designers for a joint experiment on the world-leading National Ignition Facility.
Collaborator Contribution AWE: Provision of expertise. Use of internal computing resources. Funding of 2 PhD students to work on this project (jointly with Warwick). Funding of staff time to travel to joint meetings. University of Bordeaux: Use of 1 million hours of CPU-time. 2 persons working for 0.33 FTE for 3 years. Sharing of shot data obtained from the LMJ facility. University of Warwick: 0.5 PhD students's pay + fees. Money towards experimental time on Omega facility + targets. University of York: 1 PhD students's pay + fees. Money towards experimental time on Omega facility + targets. University of Rochester: Access to over 200 shots-worth of data from the Omega laser facility. Joint experimental applications to the National Ignition Facility.
Impact Successful joint applications with the University of Rochester for time on the National Ignition Facility. The financial value of this is approximately $2.5M.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Hydro-kinetics grant collaborations 
Organisation University of York
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We are all performing research in to the direct drive/shock ignition approach to laser inertial fusion. Our research team has developed a close collaboration with our partners. We have been asked to be the lead experiment designers for a joint experiment on the world-leading National Ignition Facility.
Collaborator Contribution AWE: Provision of expertise. Use of internal computing resources. Funding of 2 PhD students to work on this project (jointly with Warwick). Funding of staff time to travel to joint meetings. University of Bordeaux: Use of 1 million hours of CPU-time. 2 persons working for 0.33 FTE for 3 years. Sharing of shot data obtained from the LMJ facility. University of Warwick: 0.5 PhD students's pay + fees. Money towards experimental time on Omega facility + targets. University of York: 1 PhD students's pay + fees. Money towards experimental time on Omega facility + targets. University of Rochester: Access to over 200 shots-worth of data from the Omega laser facility. Joint experimental applications to the National Ignition Facility.
Impact Successful joint applications with the University of Rochester for time on the National Ignition Facility. The financial value of this is approximately $2.5M.
Start Year 2017
 
Title Odin code 
Description Odin is a radiation-hydrodynamics code written specifically to simulate laser fusion implosions. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2018 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact This will enable us to perform simulations of laser fusion experiments, in turn enabling us to perform experiments on international laser facilities. 
 
Title Python interface for Odin radiation-hydrodynamics code 
Description This is a Python interface for the Odin radiation-hydrodynamics code. It enables the user to easily create and visualise sophisticated meshes and write files which provide the appropriate initial conditions for the Odin code. It also provides data visualisation and analysis tools. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2015 
Impact Still under development. 
 
Title Synthetic x-ray imaging diagnostic for Odin radiation-hydrodynamics code 
Description Laboratory laser-plasma interaction experiments routinely measure x-ray images. In order to truly understand the experimental images and/or relate the simulations to the experiments, it is often necessary to first simulate the experiment then create synthetic x-ray images of the simulation. The experiment and synthetic x-ray images can then be compared directly. This work created a tool which will create these synthetic x-ray images for the Odin radiation-hydrodynamics code. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact None to date as he Odin code is still in development.