In ultra dense matter, fusion reactions might be observable even at zero temperature. We show that these so-called "pycnonuclear reactions" can be appreciable in the laboratory, and that explosive fusion chain-reactions are possible. Moreover, we predict the possibility of fission-like chain reactions. We assess the enhancement due to electron screening and consider the local field correction as well as relativistic effects.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Physics Letters, Section A: General, Atomic and Solid State Physics|
|State||Published - Apr 11 2005|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy(all)