Self-generated Magnetic Fields in the Plasma Richtmyer-Meshkov Instability

  • V. WheatleyEmail author
  • Daryl Bond
  • Y. Li
  • R. Samtaney
  • D. I. Pullin
Conference paper


Self-generated magnetic fields that arise in initially unmagnetized plasma during the ideal two-fluid plasma Richtmyer-Meshkov instability of a thermal interface are investigated computationally. These fields are of significant interest as they may adversely affect the coupling between the laser energy and the fuel in inertial confinement fusion implosions. We explore the mechanism by which these fields are generated and how their strength depends on the plasma parameters.



This research was supported by the KAUST Office of Sponsored Research under Award URF/1/2162-01. This work was supported by computational resources provided by the Australian Government under the National Computational Merit Allocation Scheme.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. Wheatley
    • 1
    Email author
  • Daryl Bond
    • 1
  • Y. Li
    • 2
  • R. Samtaney
    • 2
  • D. I. Pullin
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre for Hypersonics, School of Mechanical and Mining EngineeringThe University of QueenslandSt LuciaAustralia
  2. 2.Mechanical Engineering, Physical Sciences and Engineering DivisionKing Abdullah University of Science and TechnologyThuwalSaudi Arabia
  3. 3.Graduate Aerospace LaboratoriesCalifornia Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA

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