Abstract

Inertially confined, ignited thermonuclear deuterium–tritium plasmas will produce intense blackbody radiation at temperatures of T20keV; it is shown that the injection of GeV electrons into the burning core can efficiently generate high-energy Compton scattering photons, as the high blackbody photon density alleviates the small interaction cross section. Moreover, it is shown that the spectrum scattered in a small solid angle can be remarkably monochromatic, due to kinematic pileup; peak brightness in excess of 1030photons(mm2mrad2s0.1%bandwidth) are predicted. These results are also discussed within the context of the Schwinger field and the Sunyaev–Zel’dovich effect.

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