Controlled fusion with hot-ion mode in a degenerate plasma

S. Son, N. J. Fisch

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In a Fermi-degenerate plasma, the rate of electron physical processes is much reduced from the classical prediction, possibly enabling new regimes for controlled nuclear fusion, including the hot-ion mode, a regime in which the ion temperature exceeds the electron temperature. Of great importance in the hot-ion mode operation are the ion-electron collision rate and the fraction of energy that goes from fusion by-products into electrons, the previous calculations of which are refined here by including the relativistic effect and partial degeneracy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-71
Number of pages7
JournalPhysics Letters, Section A: General, Atomic and Solid State Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 24 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


  • Aneutronic
  • Boron
  • Bremsstrahlung
  • Degeneracy
  • Deuterium
  • Fusion
  • Helium
  • Proton
  • Stopping


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