# Why does a coulomb explosion induce fusion?

If you strip the valence electrons apart with a very short intense electromagnetic field the remaining core explodes in a so called coulomb explosion.

But experiments have shown that under certain cases fusion does occur in a manner, that the ions are accelerated and you get a non maxwellian velocity distribution. Can you explain the process a little bit more and show how it is possible to overcome the nuclear repulsion for fusion?

The wikipedia page to this topic is a little bit missleading, so I give you a paper Efficient fusion neutron generation from heteronuclear clusters in intense femtosecond laser fields that this kind of fusion is indeed possible and experimentally proven.

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The primary process described in the wikipedia article on "Coulomb explosion" is not fission (i.e. it is not nuclear physics) at all but energetic chemical disassociation. There are no hints there of a fusion process, nor have I heard anything about nuclear processes in the several colloquia I've attended on high-field strength short-pulse laser physics. Can you provide some links? – dmckee May 3 '12 at 16:16
I have stumbled over it on a nanodroplet paper. Actually at home I am behind the paywall of the journals so can't look in the papers pop.aip.org/resource/1/phpaen/v9/i7/p3108_s1?isAuthorized=no prl.aps.org/abstract/PRL/v84/i12/p2634_1 etc – Alex1167623 May 3 '12 at 16:31
Secure shell tunnels and the -D (SOCKS proxy) flag our your friends for working from home... – dmckee May 3 '12 at 16:35