Ignition regime for fusion in a degenerate plasma

S. Son, N. J. Fisch

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We identify relevant parameter regimes in which aneutronic fuels can undergo fusion ignition in hot-ion degenerate plasma. Because of relativistic effects and partial degeneracy, the self-sustained burning regime is considerably larger than previously calculated. Inverse bremsstrahlung plays a major role in containing the reactor energy. We solve the radiation transfer equation and obtain the contribution to the heat conductivity from inverse bremsstrahlung.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)72-78
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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