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Hydrodynamic instabilities in a highly radiative environment

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In this paper, we present the effects of a radiative shock (RS) on the morphology of jet-like objects subjected to hydrodynamic instabilities. To this end, we used an experimental platform developed to create RSs on high energy laser facilities such as LULI2000 and GEKKO XII. Here, we employed modulated targets to initiate Richtmyer–Meshkov and Rayleigh–Taylor instability (RTI) growth in the presence of an RS. The RS is obtained by generating a strong shock in a dense pusher that expands into a low-density xenon gas. With our design, only a limited RTI growth occurs in the absence of radiative effects. A strongly radiative shock has opposite effects on RTI growth. While its deceleration enhances the instability growth, the produced radiations tend to stabilize the interfaces. Our indirect experimental observations suggest a lower instability growth despite the interface deceleration. In addition, the jets, produced during the experiment, are relevant to astrophysical structures such as Herbig–Haro objects or other radiatively cooling jets.
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hal-03836619 , version 1 (02-11-2022)

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G. Rigon, B. Albertazzi, P. Mabey, Th. Michel, P. Barroso, et al.. Hydrodynamic instabilities in a highly radiative environment. Physics of Plasmas, 2022, 29 (7), pp.072106. ⟨10.1063/5.0089994⟩. ⟨hal-03836619⟩
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